First Lady celebrates International Day of the Girl Child with school girls in Bungoma

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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta during the celebrating of International Day of the Girl Child with school girls in Bungoma County on Wednesday October 11, 2017. Photo: PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Wednesday joined school girls to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child.
The girls from St Lukes Kabubero Secondary and their colleagues from Sio Primary Schools welcomed the First Lady at SKIP a Lunch Initiative offices in Marel Centre, outside Bungoma town, where she distributed locally made sanitary towels to the jubilant learners who promised to remain in school and complete their education.
SKIP a lunch Initiative is a foundation that partners with the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative. It is a registered charity that seeks to empower the people of Bungoma County through social economic activities including restoring the dignity of the girl child.
The Foundation pools financial resources by encouraging members of the public and corporate leaders to skip lunch once in a month to support its charitable projects.
Among the Foundation’s projects is the production of sanitary pads that are distributed free , mostly to Day Secondary Schools students and Upper Primary learners in the County. It’s an initiative of former County First Lady, Dr Margaret Makelo Lusaka.
The First Lady surprised her hosts and the girls when she unassumingly sat behind a sewing machine to produce one of the sanitary pads which she went ahead to gift one of the girls.
“We need girl empowerment. I need you to remain in school”, the First Lady told the girls after personally handing them with the sanitary towels.
She was received at the SKIP foundation centre by Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judy Wakhungu, Bungoma County Commissioner J.K. Chepchieng and the directors of the foundation.
The Foundation also gifted the First Lady with mother-packs that she will distribute to a hospital of her choice. Each Mother-Pack contains a baby-shawl, baby clothes, socks and a lesso. The packs act as an incentive for mothers to give birth in health facilities.
Addressing about 2000 women and their leaders from Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga and Kakamega at the Nzoia Sugar Complex grounds, the First Lady said President Kenyatta wants more women empowered to access more leadership opportunities and resources.
She said empowered women are the solution towards ending poverty in Kenya.
By PSCU and Okuku.