In 2008, Huru® International was founded by Lorna Macleod with grants from Johnson & Johnson and Micato Safaris/AmericaShare. Grants from the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded initial implementation of the program in Kenya.
A study conducted by the Girl Child Network found that for girls and young women living in the slums and villages of Kenya, basic necessities like sanitary pads are a luxury item. Because they couldn’t afford clean sanitary pads, many girls were using dangerous substitutes. Many reported missing school every time they had their period.
Huru Kits are distributed to at-risk-girls and are intended to prevent thousands of new HIV infections each year. Huru empowers girls to take advantage of educational opportunities, gain qualifications for adult jobs, educate others and pursue their dreams.
We have distributed Huru Kits to over 75,000 girls in all 8 provinces in Kenya. We plan to bring Huru’s solution beyond Kenya, keeping at-risk girls in school, creating local jobs in impoverished areas, and combating disease throughout the developing world.