MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT (MHM) PROGRAM
KAGOECH FOUNDATION TRUST distributes Bio-Degradable Reusable Sanitary Pads as a costeffective menstrual hygiene solution for millions of school going girls in ELGEYO Marakwet County. The girls who use these Menstrual Kits will be empowered with the protection, comfort and dignity they need during menstruation. This enables them to stay in school and participate in daily life with confidence.
Executive Director for Hope in Action Network Ms.Nelly Lukhale - Donating 110 panties for Elgeyo Marakwet girls - 25 July 2019
KAGOECH FOUNDATION TRUST in partnership with both state and none state actors including Youth led/Serving Organizations will distribute Re-Usable Sanitary Pads which are bio-degradable to 1000 girls in two primary schools namely;
Kimwarer Primary School – Lower Soi Division – Marakwet
Kipsania Primary School – upper Chepkorio Division – Marakwet.
Each girl will receive a pack of Four Pads, Two panties, lotion and two anti-bacterial soaps. The pads lasts for One year. The overarching goal is to improve Menstrual Hygiene Management health condition for school girls aged 10-19 years, in Elgeyo Marakwet.
CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION MANAGEMENT
Under this component, KFT utilizes a community driven approach to environmental conservation and management. The approach enhances consensus building with local communities in the counties of Nandi, Uasingishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Baringo. Through this approach, KFT encourages participation of local communities in environmental conservation and management which is in tune with kenya’s constitutional dispensation in which devolution of decision making power to the people, is key. The community therefore actually participates in environmental conservation through planting of trees in the highly degraded sites such as the landslide prone Kerio Valley Escarpment, the encroached forests of Embobut and Kaptagat. On the issue of Kerio Valley Escarpment, KFT is now working very closely with the county government of Elgeyo Marakwet ,Kenya Forest Service and the Standard Media Group in seeking a lasting solution to communities settled on very steep slopes in the valley. The approach here is to conduct sensitization campaigns at the community level on the dangers of settlements on very steep slopes especially during this era of climate change vulnerability being experienced across Africa and the entire world. KFT envisages that through standard group, effective campaigns can be launched to sensitize local communities, government policy makers, corporate entities and other key stake holders to participate and contribute resources to this campaign to secure the degraded steep slopes in the Kerio valley escarpment for the present and future generations
GREENING SCHOOLS PROGRAMME(GSP)
This is basically environmental education /awareness creation through schools. Thus ,KFT inpartnership with Kenya Forest Service and the Ministry of Education has held two launches for the greening schools project in the North Rift region. The lunches are aimed at inculcating a culture of tree planting and growing among kenya’s school going children and students. During the launches close to 400,000 tree seedlings were distributed for planting to 250 schools spread across the four counties of Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet , Baringo and Uasingishu. KFT has also expanded the school greening initiative to the counties of Nairobi and Kilifi. KFT has planted over 3.5 million seedlings since 2011 through schools and community groups.
Access to clean water and poor sanitation are the major threat to Kenya approximately 60% of population have no access to safe clean water, while 40% have no access to good sanitation. This leads to health hazards such as epidemics stemming from water borne diseases and dirty living environment. Indeed diarrhoea is still one of the leading causes of mortality. Girls and women often have to trek long distances to fetch water, compromising on girl child education and limiting the time women can spend on economic endeveavours. Kagoech Foundation has come in to join other actors in the WASH sector to improve the quality of life across the country by providing basic right to clean water and sound hygiene conditions. The intervention also focuses on wash programs in schools, noting that pupils and students spend almost 80% of their time in school hence they need good sanitation and clean and safe water. Our other focus area is in the poor urban settlement. Over the years, resident’s informal settlements in Nairobi have had to cope with water shortage and poor sanitation conditions. It is estimated that 95% of residents living in slums draw water from individually owned, illegal water standpipes at exorbitant prices. Besides water quality is compromised due to use of substandard and broken/bursting pipes leading to water contamination from surface waste water whenever there are leakages/bursts. Furthermore, 75% of the population lack toilet facilities within their homes and most residents use dilapidated or flying toilets that are emptied into the Nairobi Rivers, leading to water pollution.