NGO project pays for girls to access bathroom services in Mathare slum

The challenge of menstrual hygiene management goes beyond just accessing sanitary pads. For many girls in the slums, menstruation comes at a high cost.

That is why 'Shower for Girls' project, an initiative by Plan International in Mathare slum, development, and humanitarian organization, is so vital. It pays for girls to access bathroom services.

The project was started to ease the burden on both girls and their parents, torn between the option of putting food on the table and addressing sanitary needs. Initially, most of these needs were being addressed in schools that distribute free sanitary pads and provide bathrooms and toilets. But with the closure of schools and a shortage of water, the project has become a lifeline for many here.

Plan International is hoping to expand the initiative to reach more girls. It is calling on the government of Kenya to prioritize hygiene for girls as part of its ongoing response to the pandemic.