Kenya is the second country in Africa that The Unmentionables expanded to. We work in the northeast of Kenya in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement, which has housed refugees from all across East Africa since 1992. They are currently receiving new arrivals fleeing the fighting in South Sudan, and with a resident population now of over 185,000 people, the reproductive and sexual health needs are enormous.
With the help of project partners Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and IsraAID, The Unmentionables has distributed reusable sanitary kits to residents in Kakuma and Kalobeyei. These are being provided as part of a pilot menstrual hygiene management (MHM) project, which aims to restore the dignity of safe and consistent access to menstrual hygiene products and related education on menstruation management to vulnerable female refugees. Over 30% of the women and girls reached by this project are living with disabilities, 48% are under the age of 19 and 46% are single parents.
This project uses a network of trained Community Focal Points who are female refugees living in Kakuma Camp and women from the host community, providing them with a much-needed income.
The reusable sanitary kits include a combination of period underwear, waterproof shields and reusable liners, cloth bags for transport, a period tracking chart, care/wash instructions, bucket, and soap. In line with our Smart Aid Principles, these products were purchased from regional suppliers and local soap manufacturers. You can support this project by purchasing these items from our Dignity Warehouse.