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The Problem


 

Without the resources or information to manage menstruation, girls and women miss out during their periods. Girls across underserved communities across Africa can miss between 3-5 days of school each month if they don’t have what they need to mange their periods. This has serious personal and educational consequences, like falling behind in class, being held back or dropping out altogether. Some girls resort to using unsafe substitutes for pads, like mattress filling, leaves or dirty cloth. Others resort to risky behaviors like transactional sex to pay for essential items, like menstrual pads, which increases a girl’s vulnerability to premature sexual debut, early or unplanned pregnancy, child marriage, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.

 
 

3 out of 4

Girls Huru works with miss at least 3 days of school each month because of their periods


3 out of 5

Girls in Tanzania do not know about menstruation before getting their first period


2 out of 3

Girls in Ethiopia do not receive any education about menstruation at school


2 out of 5

Girls in developing countries miss up to 5 days of school each month because of their periods


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Our Mission

Our mission is to keep the most vulnerable girls in Africa’s marginalized communities in school by providing reusable menstrual pads in conjunction with sexual and reproductive health education and life skills workshops, also known as the Huru System.

Our Solution: The Huru System

 

The Huru System combines the distribution of our Huru Kits alongside our comprehensive health education to adolescent girls and young women. Huru Kits are distributed at community and school events led by Huru-trained facilitators.

 

Huru Pads

Huru Pads are inspired by the resilient girls and women who use them. That’s why we use the highest possible quality fabric to make a pad that lasts.

Huru Pads are leak-proof, comfortable and guaranteed to last at least 18 months, making Huru Pads a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to disposables.

All Huru Pads and panties are made in Kenya by women and men from underserved communities. To date, Huru’s production and packaging facility has hired over 100 women and men from the local community.

Holistic Health Programming

 
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Evidence-based

Huru provides evidence-based education containing information on menstrual hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, gender-based violence, self confidence and life skills education.

 
 
 
 

Girl-centric

Our programming is developmentally appropriate and culturally-specific so our work has the highest possible uptake. Huru collaborates with local government and community stakeholders to build a curriculum that reflects the needs of the girls we serve.

 
 
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Community-focused

Huru works within a holistic model that makes menstruation a point of entry into hard-to-reach, isolated communities in East Africa. To combat harmful myths and taboos about the female body, we provide our educational seminars not just to girls but also to their male peers, teachers, parents and community leaders so that everyone is educated on periods and the importance of female education.

 

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Educating All Girls. Period.

Our curriculum is adaptable and accessible, so we can reach all in-school and out-of-school menstruators with the Huru System regardless of age, geographic location, developmental ability and cultural norms.

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Turning Boys into Allies

Educating boys and young men is a crucial step in fostering a gender equitable environment. Huru gives boys and men the knowledge they need to safeguard their health and the skills required to challenge gender norms and combat gender-based violence in their communities.

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Gender-based Violence (GBV)

1 in 3 women experiences GBV, and the risk of exploitation and transactional sex is compounded by a lack of information on and resources for managing menstruation. Huru’s health education gives girls and their communities the tools to identify and combat GBV and makes clear linkages to local social and health services.