The Kenyan Scout who’s raising her voice for those who can’t

5 Gender Equality
Gender Equality
Youth Engagement
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Publication date: 19th Dec 2018

A BackStage Story by the Scout Donation Platform

I decided it was time to take action back in 2012 when I first discovered how girls drop out of school because they can’t afford sanitary towels, are forced to marry as young as 9 years old, or run away from home in fear of being subject to Female Genital Mutilation. These girls don’t have a voice, but you and I do. This is how you can help.

My name is Pauline, I’m 28, and I’m a rover Scout from Kenya. Currently self-employed and use my free time to volunteer as the Eastern Africa Zone Youth Secretariat and National Messengers of Peace Coordinator. I’m passionate about empowering women and implementing peace programs in my community, because I believe we all deserve a chance at living a fulfilled and dignified life.

In my project, we raise awareness about these issues, and educate girls about their rights, and advocate on their behalf. With the support of our donors, we will be able to provide sanitary towels and books for them to receive a proper education and reduce the alarming school dropout numbers. We know that this won’t change overnight but I truly believe that we can contribute to eradicating these unjustifiable practices and encourage women to get engaged and speak up.

I’d like to thank everyone who has already donated to our cause. Your donation is creating a real impact in the lives of girls and women by keeping them in school and improving their menstrual hygiene. I also would like to invite you to share our story so we can reach to more girls in need.

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