Two philanthropists Ms. Neetu Ubbi and Captain James Kariuki have come out to help Wakala Secondary School girls from poor families with free sanitary towels, innerwear, toiletries, and a pair of black leather school shoes to each student.
The girls also received foodstuff which included maize flour, rice, beans, cooking oil, tea leaves, and sugar to cushion them from hunger which is facing parts of Magarini Sub-County in Kilifi County.
The philanthropist presented the donations under the invitation of the Coast Regional Commissioner Mr. John Elungata.
While presenting the donations Ms. Ubbi said she is ready to support any girl facing challenges of accessing the sanitary towels so as to ensure the less privileged proceed with education without missing classes.
Neetu also appealed to parents and guardians to be on the lookout especially among young girls to avert teenage pregnancies.
The Philanthropist of Indian origin, who is also popularly known as Kenya’s Mother Teresa volunteered to offer a full scholarship to 10 needy girls from Wakala Secondary School and also donate beds and mattresses for the girls once the boarding facility has been built.
Speaking during the same occasion Elungata lauded the lady philanthropists for coming out to support education.
The Coast administrator observed that lack of sanitary towels prompted some girls to keep off from schools on some days thus affecting their education.
He promised Wakala secondary school stakeholders that the government will help in building boarding facilities to give the girls the opportunity to realize their full potential through quality education.
The RC said the government is doing everything possible to provide the necessary infrastructure that would help learners acquire basic education and asked parents to make sure that their children report to school even if they lack school uniforms.
The Coast administrator said sex predators preying on young schoolgirls once caught will be dealt with and asked the courts to give maximum jail sentence to any man identified by teenage pregnancy victims as having impregnated them.
Wakala Secondary School Principal Mrs. Hellen Ndurya, while lauding the philanthropist for their nobleness, said most of the girls in the school are unable to afford sanitary pads because of their poor background.
She said poor menstrual hygiene management among the girls has been shown to result in a sense of shame, anxiety, and embarrassment that contributes to absenteeism and poor performance at the school.
[Wakala Girls Secondary School education stakeholders receiving donations from the well-wishers. Photo/Ted Kalama].
Mrs. Ndurya said the school enrolment is very low and also declining because the primary schools are very far and due to lack of dormitories where the pupils are forced to commute from their homes which are very far.
She said girls are dropping out of school due to early pregnancy and blamed Boda Boda operators who have developed a tendency of luring students into sex by offering money and free rides.
Mrs. Ndurya said the problem of school decline can only be solved by building a girls hostel as a way of addressing the long trekking journeys made by schoolgirls and also as a way of safeguarding them from sex predators.