What’s The Dignity Project?
It’s a project within One By One charity set up by Becky Murray, which equips teenage girls in rural Kenya with pants and washable sanitary pads (called Afripads). The project also educates them on their bodies, why they have periods, saying ‘Hapana’ which means ‘no’ to sex unless they consent, and the ability to understand the difference between a job interview and being approached by a sex trafficker.
It’s raw and direct information, yes, but it’s not being taught in schools or Mother to Daughter. The sessions are about 3 hours long and up to 850 girls attend each session. In 2016, 2500 girls were reached with this project.
£ raised for Victoria's next trip
Pants collected during 2017
The difference this education makes is HUGE!
Before the project started, girls typically spent 3 out of 4 weeks in school once their periods started. With this information and with the pants/pads they are staying in school, their grades improve, the school Headteachers are thrilled with the increase in overall school performance and the girls have this information to pass to friends, nieces and in time, their daughters.
So there’s a positive ripple effect too. In fact, schools in the area are hearing about the dignity project and they’re starting to send bus-loads of girls over to the sessions!
What can you do?
Any support is greatly appreciated, here are some ideas of how you can support The Dignity Project:
- Make a one-off or regular donation via the official Dignity Project website
- Look out for events which raise funds for the project
PREVIOUS PRESENTATIONS ABOUT KENYA & THE DIGNITY PROJECT:
Thurs 27th April 2017 (7.30pm) Denstone Mother’s Union, Ann Johnson’s home, Hillside Farm, Alton Road, Denstone. ST14 5HG.
Tues 2nd May 2017 (2.30pm) Ashbourne Mother’s Union, St Oswald’s Church Hall, School Lane, Ashbourne DE6 1AN. Presentation is specifically about ‘Local faith in action in Kenya.’
Friday 5th May 2017 (2pm) Waterfall Mother’s Union.
Thurs 11th May 2017 WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) Annual Conference.
Thurs 18th May 2017 (2pm) Ashbourne Parkinson’s UK Support Group, Town Head Sheltered Housing Complex,
Tues 30th May 2017 (1.30pm) Tuesday Mixer Club. The White Eagle Club , Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH.
Mon 7th August 2017 (2.30pm) Ellastone Monday Club. The Parish Hall, Church Lane, Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2HB.