As a young three-year-old girl in Kenya, Naomi had little understanding of the devastation that was about to befall her family when her father became ill. Desperate to save her husband, Naomi’s mother paid most of what they had to the hospital, but they were unable to save him.
Newly widowed, alone, broke and uneducated, her mother did what she could to provide for Naomi and her four siblings. Poverty surrounded their small home, a shack with a dirt floor. The children did not attend school, which required fees, nor did they attend church. As time passed, her oldest sister married, only to later divorce. With no education, she returned home with her own two children in tow.
Although she longed for an education, Naomi found herself daily caring for her sister’s children while her mother and sister went out to try for food. It was during these times that Naomi was noticed by a good Samaritan who paid for her schooling. Naomi was excited to finally be in a classroom and begin to learn. She was ready to focus on her lessons.
But she was older than the other students, because she was behind, and after a while a “change” happened within her female body that caught her unprepared. She had begun to menstruate. Naomi soon realized she could not attend school during the days of her period because she had nothing to use, making it even harder to keep up.
Thankfully, a few years ago Sacred Center for Widows and Orphans discovered Naomi and provided her with the freedom giving kit. The washable pad in the kit has allowed her to keep up with her studies and created a sense of pride in herself and confidence in her future. Although she started late, and missed many school days before receiving her kit, Naomi's hard work has paid off and she recently passed her high school exams, allowing her to continue her education.
Naomi was struggling to keep up without her washable pads, There are many girls like her, who need a solution to their monthly periods, Many, if not given a solution, become discouraged and drop out.
Please help Dignity4Girls provide girls like Naomi with washable pads!
*For privacy, that is not Naomi pictured, but another girl who is also happy to receive a kit.