Lobby group launches Football for Pads initiative

Project 150 in collaboration with Nakuru Flamcity Starlets management has launched Football for Pads initiative aimed at ensuring girl child remains in school even during her menstrual time.

The initiative involves football matches that are also used as a platform to sensitize on the importance of girls being able to access sanitary pads.
The initiative also incorporates the aspect of life skills talks to help mentor girls.
Under the slogan cheza ball upate pads, usipate ball juu ya pads, the initiative will go along way in addressing the plight of vulnerable girls in society who cannot afford sanitary pads.
Shem Kariuki from Project 150 says they saw the challenges that teenage girls were going hence the need for the initiative.
Speaking at Ngorika Secondary school during the launch of the initiative, he said they will be rolling out to other schools in Nakuru and neighbouring counties.
“This is just the beginning. Moving forward with support from like minded organizations, we shall engage several schools,” he said.
Sentiments echoed by Flamcity Starlets Chairlady Wanjiru Muturi who lauded the initiative as a saviour to many girls.
According to her, Kenya is among third world countries and products such as pads still remain a challenge as many girls from humble background cannot access.
“This an initiative that should be supported by all in society,” said Muturi.
Wanjiru Muturi from Flamcity distributes sanitary pads to the teams.

It should be noted that during the launch of the initiative, a friendly match between Nakuru Flamcity Starlets and Ngorika Girls FC was played in which Flamcity lost to the hosts Ngorika 2-3 respectively.

The climax of the football match was the distribution of free sanitary pads to both teams.

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