A local sanitary towels manufacturer has partnered with an innovative online payment processing company for a drive seeking to keep teenage girls in schools.
Kim-Fay, the local manufacturer of Confidence Sanitary Towels, and iPay, an online payment processing company and the Sanitary Bank Campaign have launched a digital donation drive expected to encourage more people to make their financial donations online via mobile money, mobile banking and credit cards, towards the initiative.
Speaking about the initiative, King Kaka A kenyan artist said, “This campaign is about recognizing the right of education for girls. We deeply appreciate partners, well-wishers and influencers who have come on board to intervene and make our vision a reality.”
Initiated in March 2018, the campaign is designed to complement Government efforts through Private-Public Participation platforms to give girls free sanitary towels. So far over 10 key partners and numerous influencers have joined the campaign enabling over 10,000 girls in Machakos, Lamu, Thika, Turkana and Trans Nzoia, access to pads and more importantly increased school attendance.
According to Josephine Ngigi, Confidence Brand Manager at Kim Fay, expounded on the school visits, “Beyond donating the sanitary towels to the schoolgirls, the team visiting schools is also giving hygiene tips on proper disposal of the pads, importance of hand washing as well as self esteem conversations to help the adolescents navigate their puberty years.”
iPay Managing Director, Philip Nyamwaya explained the need for transparent digital donation drives.
“We offered our technology to the Bank On Me campaign to simplify and accelerate the donation process and also enable secure monetary donations from the general public globally.”
“Cash donations from as little as Sh5 ($0.05), mobile money Mpesa, Eazzy Pay or Airtel Money and Safaricom Bonga points can also be used. This will be tracked on www.bankonme.care website to verify and vet amounts given to purchase Confidence pads for girls,” he added.
King Kaka, who is also a UNICEF Advocate and among the keynote speakers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation GoalKeepers event in New York, will be representing Kenya to speak about the Sanitary Bank initiative.
The campaign continues to invite partners to help educate girls and reverse the statistics that 88% of girls in remote Kenyan schools have no access to sanitary pads and 1 in 3 girls, misses approximately 4 days of school every month due to lack of sanitary pads.