Sexual maturation and hygiene practices
This project was funded by Rockefeller Foundation, through a six years three-phase program (2003- 2008). It focused on Bondo (in Siaya County) and Nairobi County respectively. The project was able to reach 413 primary schools, 3 TTCs (Teacher Training Colleges). The project provided adequate information and facilities for the management of sexual maturation and menstruation practices to enhance participation and achievement in school. Through the program, studies were carried out outlining the role of sanitary provision in improving school performance and learning outcomes.
Outcomes of the project
The key outcome of the project was the reduced negative impact of sexual maturation and menstruation on school attendance and performance by increasing knowledge among students, parents and teachers on SMH. Based on research evidence from the project studies, FAWEK influenced Policy through advocacy with the MOE, which has since led to the adoption of free sanitary provision by the Ministry nationally. Other organizations like the Girl Child Network, Zana Africa have also adopted this as a best practice and are now providing free menstrual products to the schools for improving school attendance for girls.