Charity groups call for concerted effort towards access to menstrual hygiene supplies

More effort should be put in place by the government through the Ministry of Education to ensure all school girls are supplied with sanitary pads to keep the girls in school during their menstrual period.

This even as statistics indicate that many girls miss school during their menstrual period due to lack of sanitary pads hence to avert shame and stigma they decide to stay at home for the three days hence missing a lot.

The negative impact on their education is also felt as they stay at home while their male counterparts continue with their studies.

Such gap has seen several lobby groups step in with sanitary pads donation to schools more so in rural areas.

A partnership between Geneva Lake West Rotary Club, Steve and Patricia Werner, Nakuru based Soar Kenya Academy and Hope Well as well Rotary Club of Nakuru has seen many girls stay in school even when in their menstrual period.

Speaking on Monday at Gogar Primary School in Rongai sub county of Nakuru County during a similar donation to more than 300 girls from area schools, James Yegon from Rotary Club of Nakuru commended the partners for the good gesture.

He said this will go a long way in addressing the challenges that girls at grassroot have been going through due to lack of sanitary pads.

“The harsh economic times have impacted negatively on the girls as the majority of parents cannot buy the pads leading to many of them missing out on school during the menstrual period. But with the partnership, we are now sure that the girls will get a full one year pack and go on with their studies to make a better generation in future” said Yegon.

Similar sentiments echoed by Sally Kamau from HEART Foundation- an organization that is spearheading a project dubbed Freedom for Girls’ meant to empower and ensure girls are safe in schools.

She said since the commencement of the Project, over 300,000 girls have been reached and empowered fully.

Ms Sally called on society to end stigma and shame around the menstrual period but rather join in ensuring a better society where girls are empowered.

“We have been doing this as HEART Foundation to ensure our girls are in schools. As a society we need to come together and end the stigma and shame towards our girls especially when they are in their menstrual period” she said.

She also called on the government to also step in and ensure sanitary pads are supplied in schools.

The project is being implemented in various counties in the country among them Nakuru and Baringo counties.

Teachers and pupils whose schools have benefited have lauded the charity groups for their good gesture towards empowering girl child.

Polling Stations in Rongai Constituency

Polling Stations in Nakuru County

Rongai Sub-county has four wards namely; Menengai West, Solai, Soin, Mosop and Visoi Ward. Below is a list of polling stations in Rongai Constituency.

MENENGAI WEST WARD

  1. Kichwa Nursery – 1
  2. Ol’Rongai Dispensary – 1
  3. Tulwopmoi Primary – 1
  4. Kwa Gitau Trading Centre – 2
  5. Kabarak University – 1
  6. Mang’u Primary – 2
  7. Menengai Primary – 2
  8. Sasumua Primary – 2
  9. Seventh Day Adventist – 2
  10. Kirobon Nursery – 1
  11. Arap Chumo Trading Centre – 3
  12. Baraka Trading Centre – 2
  13. Makiki Borehole – 1
  14. Mercy Njeri primary – 3
  15. Canaan Trading Centre – 1
  16. Seventh Day Adventist Kia… – 2
  17. Kiamunyi High -6
  18. Maciaro Nursery – 1

SOIN WARD

  1. Kokwomoi Primary – 1
  2. Testai primary – 1
  3. Majani Mingi – 2
  4. Ruiyobei Nursery – 1
  5. Kaptera Primary – 1
  6. Banita Primary – 1
  7. Kimomora ECD Nursery – 1
  8. Banita Social Hall – 1
  9. KwaNg’ombe Nursery – 1
  10. Sawaiti Nursery – 1
  11. Kimamoi Nursery – 1
  12. Lomolo Social Hall – 1
  13. Makongeni Primary – 1
  14. Patel Nursery School – 1
  15. Mogotiao Health Centre – 1
  16. Athinai Primary School – 1
  17. Koyumtich Nursery – 1
  18. Sarambei Primary – 1
  19. Barina Primary – 1
  20. Seventy One Nursery – 1
  21. Kapsetek Primary – 1
  22. Kamonong Water Tank – 1
  23. Kipsyenan Primary – 2
  24. Koisamo Primary – 1
  25. Losibil Primary – 1
  26. Morop Nursery – 1
  27. Phylis memorial School – 1
  28. Lelechwet Nursery – 1
  29. Rafiki primary – 2
  30. AIC Kabarnet Farm Nursery – 1

VISOI WARD

  1. Tabut Nursery – 1
  2. Tuiyotich Primary – 1
  3. Kandutura Primary – 1
  4. Kandutura Farmers Co-op – 2
  5. Kandutura Trading Centre – 1
  6. Kware Kapkewen Primary – 1
  7. Magare primary – 1
  8. Kimangu Primary – 2
  9. Moricho Trading Centre  – 1
  10. Moricho Primary – 1
  11. Mogoiwet Primary – 1
  12. Legetyo Primary – 1
  13. Thirandu Primary – 1
  14. Kanga primary – 1
  15. Ngesumin Primary – 1
  16. Deloraine Farm Nursery – 1
  17. Roadside Wellness Centre – 1
  18. Lengenet FCS Stores – 1
  19. Lengenet primary – 1
  20. Boito Primary – 1
  21. Belbur Primary – 1
  22. Mama Ngina Secondary – 1
  23. Burgei primary – 2
  24. Shalom Primary – 2
  25. Ngoga Primary – 2
  26. Rongai Social Hall – 3
  27. Umoja Nursery – 2
  28. Chergei primary – 1
  29. Kayanet Primary – 1
  30. Baringo Ndogo Primary – 1
  31. Molo River Trading Centre – 1
  32. Naithuiti Primary – 1
  33. Kampi ya Moto Primary – 3
  34. Lord Primary School – 1
  35. Victory Primary – 1

MOSOP WARD

  1. Kiriko Nursery – 1
  2. Atebwo primary – 1
  3. Matuiku Primary – 1
  4. Lelechchwet Primary – 1
  5. Sumeek Nursery – 2
  6. Rigogo Trading Centre – 1
  7. Gaakwen Primary – 1
  8. Sanmariko Nursery – 1
  9. Ogilgei Primary – 3
  10. Kerma Primary – 1
  11. AIC Kapkatet Nursery – 1
  12. Kirobon Primary – 1
  13. Boror Primary – 2
  14. Sunshine ECD Nursery – 1
  15. Chepseon Nursery – 1
  16. Eke Primary – 1
  17. Salgaa Trading Centre – 5
  18. Mimwaita Primary – 1
  19. Acacia Grassland – 1
  20. Bomasan Secondary – 1
  21. Kirobon Boys High – 2
  22. Ngecha primary – 2
  23. Arap Tele – 1
  24. Ngata Primary – 3
  25. Bethesda Lutheran Children – 1
  26. Roret Nursery – 2
  27. Rift Valley Institute – 2

SOLAI WARD

  1. Kamosop Primary – 1
  2. Chemarmar Nursery – 1
  3. Kamosop Farm House – 1
  4. Kiriko Subukia Primary – 1
  5. Jordan Youth Polytechnic – 1
  6. Mwiteithia IDP Camp – 1
  7. Mirema Primary – 1
  8. Nyamamithi Primary – 1
  9. Ruiyobei Primary – 1
  10. Ngetaptich Primary – 1
  11. Kaplekwo Nursery – 1
  12. Chemasis Primary – 1
  13. Emarangishu Primary – 2
  14. Sigito Nursery – 1
  15. Setkobor Primary – 2
  16. Koimugul Primary – 1
  17. Arus Prim,ary – 1
  18. Lower Solai Primary – 1
  19. Tuyomoi Primary – 1
  20. Nairobi Nursery – 1
  21. Arutani Secondary – 2
  22. Solai Valley School – 1
  23. Arutani Primary – 1

Indian Coolies huts in Rongai, Nakuru

Indian Coolies Nakuru

Somewhere in Soin Ward, Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County. Four stone-built round huts stand conspicuously to travellers using the dusty route.  While the locals have grown used to the huts, visitors in the area are intrigued by the presence of those huts that look more like ancient kilns

Indian Coolies huts
Indian Coolies huts in Rongai, Nakuru

That the huts lie on Kenya Railways land could be a hint as to who built them. according to the locals, the two pairs of huts were put up in the early 1900s by Indian coolies who were building the Lunatic Express. What many may not know is that the Indian coolies also suffered from wildlife attacks in Rongai just not as high a scale as had happened in Tsavo.

Indian Coolies huts Rongai, Nakuru
Huts built by Indian Coolies in Soin Ward, Rongai in Nakuru County

To keep safe from the wildlife attacks at night, they had put up these two pairs of stone huts. The huts in each pair are attached to each other by a low build annexure which locals say was used as a kitchen.

Indian Coolies residence
Indian Coolies residence in Rongai, Nakuru.

The huts still stand strong and even their roofing was stone build. There were no windows but they had several small openings that helped in lighting and ventilating the interiors.

 

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