Pupils of Oloigero Primary School in Narok County have a reason to smile after Procter and Gamble funded the construction of a girl’s dormitory in the school. The facility, which will accommodate 80 girls, will help support and improve the access to quality education in the area.
“Access to quality education is affected by a myriad of challenges in this country. Inadequate infrastructure is one of them. The situation is even more dire for our girls thus the reason we are here today to commission this dormitory. We believe that this facility will be a critical resource to help keep our girls in school and together with other partners we will work to ensure that we change the narrative about girls missing school due to menstruation,” said Anthony Ng’ang’a, Associate Brand Director -Commercial Leader – East Africa at Procter & Gamble (P&G).
The school has over the past 2 years received support from Procter and Gamble through their Always Keeping Girls in School program (AKGIS) that distributes sanitary pads with the aim of making sure that girls do not miss school days due to menstruation.
The program also empowers girls through essential puberty education, motivation and access to educational resources so that they don’t have to miss school and they can be confident about themselves and their futures. Since its inception in 2006, the AKGIS program has distributed over 8.7 million sanitary pads countrywide and benefited over 120,000 girls.