In a world where the lack of access to sanitary products hinders the educational journey of countless girls, the Kiitan Foundation emerges as a beacon of hope, ensuring that a period is not a full stop in a girl's life. This incredible organisation is making strides to address the pressing issue faced by many young women in disadvantaged communities across Africa.
Founded in 2019 with a commitment to selfless service, Kiitan Foundation introduces its transformative “The Girl Child and the Pad” program. Since its inception in 2021, the initiative has been providing free sanitary pads and disposable pants to girls and young women in low-income communities. Beyond the distribution of menstrual products, the foundation plays a pivotal role in educating these individuals on proper menstrual hygiene management.
A 2016 UNESCO report highlighted the alarming statistic that 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period, potentially leading to a significant 20% absence in a school year. Kiitan Foundation is determined to bridge this gap by not only supplying essential sanitary products but also organising campaigns to advocate for comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) education across Africa.
The foundation's commitment goes beyond material support. During “The Girl Child and the Pad” program, medical personnel are present to provide counselling and answer questions from beneficiaries, ensuring holistic support for these young girls and women.
In addition to the hands-on initiatives, Kiitan Foundation creates and distributes an informational pamphlet titled “Things You Need to Know on Menstrual Hygiene,” aiming to educate in an engaging and accessible manner. Recognising the diversity of communities, the pamphlet is thoughtfully translated into Yoruba, increasing accessibility at the rural level.
Kiitan Foundation's impact has already reached thousands of school-going girls and young women in Ibadan and various communities across states. By breaking the menstrual barrier, this organisation is not only enhancing educational opportunities but also empowering a generation of girls to shape their futures without the limitations imposed by a lack of access to menstrual hygiene resources.