Rapper King Kaka to lead Menstrual Walk 2019

Kennedy Obimba, a Kenyan musician popularly known as ‘King Kaka’  has unveiled his campaign for girls to get sanitary towels (pads).

Dubbed Bank On Me Sanitary, the move targets young girls most of whom lack confidence during their monthly periods because of unavailability of pads.

“About 65 percent of girls in rural and slum area engage in transitional sex to buy sanitary towels, 70 percent cannot afford sanitary towels and in an academic year, girls miss about 60 to 70 days due to lack of sanitary towels,” he said during a past campaign.

King Kaka will lead the ‘Bank On Me Menstrual Walk 2019’ starting August 19 to 24.

The walk is expected to cover 154 kilometers from Nairobi to Nakuru and culminates with a music concert in Nakuru town.

King Kaka hopes to keep 100,000 girls in school by providing them with sanitary towels in partnership with Kim Fay East Africa, Better 4 Kenya and SkyWard Express.

“Our Partnership with King Kaka’s Sanitary Bank Campaign has been fruitful, as we have been honoured to distribute Confidence Pads and give menstrual hygiene talks to girls in need. We invite you to partner with the campaign to donate pads to girls which gives them the confidence to stay in school, ” Evelyn Wangeci, Confidence Sanitary Pad Brand Manager said.

She cited a study which shows that 88percent of girls in remote Kenyan schools have no access to sanitary pads.

“Without sanitary pads, girls miss about 3 days every month due to lack of sanitary pads which has a direct impact on their academic performance,” she said.

Dennis Njenga, Kaka Empire MD added: “We have reached about 12,000 girls with the Bank On Me Sanitary Campaign so far and we hope to reach 15,000 more within this year.”

This comes amid growing concern over the government’s ‘free sanitary pads distribution program’ that was expected to benefit school girls in Kenya.

On May 29, Citizen TV aired the plight of school girls in rural Kenya who have not received pads since last year.

A lot of girls in this area were found to be leaving in absolute poverty that renders them incapable of even affording underpants. The report termed sanitary pads as a ‘luxury item’ to the girls.

“Despite a budgetary allocation of Ksh.470million in the 2017/2018 budget, some schools are yet to receive sanitary pads for the 134 beneficiaries in the area,” the report stated.

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