Murang’a, Friday January 12 2018 KNA
A philanthropic family has come out to help school going girls from poor families with free sanitary towels.
The Shanga family has said its 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. On Wednesday, the family under invitation of Murang’a County Commissioner John Elung’ata visited Gaturi primary school in Kiharu constituency where more than 70 girls were provided with one year’s sanitary towels.
The pupils were also provided with soaps among other personal effects to enhance their hygiene and comfort as they study.
Speaking on behalf of the family Ms. Neetu Ubbi said they were ready to support all needy students with sanitary towels in an effort to promote girl-child education.
Ubi said Shanga family which has greatly invested in engineering industry will respond to call for sanitary support from schools heads. “Any school with needy students can liaise with us and we will help the girls to have all year round sanitary towels.” She added.
Speaking during the same occasion the county commissioner lauded the family for coming out to support education.
Elung’ata observed that lack of sanitary towels prompt some girls to keep off from schools in some days thus affecting their education.
He divulged that through government directive, they have established County Sanitary Committee which will oversee sanitary towels provided by the government and other donors reach the needy girls. “This year the government moved to streamline policy on sanitary towels. In Murang’a we have formed the committee which will ensure needy girls get towels provided by the government and other well-wishers,” added Elung’ata.
The committee, the commissioner added will also help to source donors for the sanitary towels to support those who need them. “The committee is mainly composed of heads of government departments and it will work with education stakeholders to identify needy cases for the support,” he added.