Amid the rising challenge of menstrual health and education, one organization hopes to provide a sustainable solution. Cross World Africa, Inc. is on a mission to raise funds to provide up to 10,000 Kenyan girls with a menstrual cup, which will allow them to manage menstruation effectively. The product is called Ruby Cup and has been proven helpful in giving women and girls more agency over their lives in developing nations.
In most of rural Kenya, young girls often struggle to pursue an education mainly because of one common problem: periods. Due to poverty and lack of access to primary menstrual products, many young women miss several school days when on their period. In varying cases, some would resort to unhygienic solutions to maintain a sense of normalcy during their cycles, only to suffer serious health concerns in the process.
Rising to the challenge, Cross World Africa, Inc. aims to provide women in one of the most impoverished communities with Ruby Cups. The sanitary product can last as long as ten years, making sure that girls equipped with such do not have to miss school when on their period. To make this project a reality, Cross World aims to raise $20,000 to reach their goal.
Due to its history of colonial exploitation, the country of Kenya currently stands as one of the poorest countries in the world. Over 38 percent of the nation lives in poverty, making it hard for women to afford basic needs like sanitary products. Menstruations cause 10 percent of Kenyan girls to miss up to 20 percent of the school year, leading to dropouts and poor performances.
Cross World Africa, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to empowering people’s lives in challenging areas across Africa. They have operations and projects in countries like Kenya and other places across the continent. The initiative started with the goal of “caring for others” both locally and globally. With time, it would turn into one of the most trusted charities to uplift the lives of thousands upon thousands of Africans in developing countries.
With its most recent initiative, Cross World looks to do more than provide sanitation cups. Beyond the instrument is the goal to bring a better and brighter future to young women in Kenya by enabling them to commit to their education without fear or bias. Along with raising funds for Ruby Cups is a drive to educate women and communities on the basics of menstrual health. In many areas in Kenya, talking about periods is taboo. But with their campaign, Cross World Africa, Inc. hopes to decrease the social stigma behind what experts and health scientists describe as nothing more than a natural cycle.
By empowering women to pursue education, the organization hopes to increase their chances of success in the future. Come December 9 to December 31, Cross World Africa will launch a campaign that will look to raise the target of $20,000. Beyond that, the organization hopes that supporters will flock in and join the initiative to give African girls a chance at a better future. If all goes well, Cross World hopes to expand its efforts and equip over 50,000 girls in Kenya with a Ruby Cup in the next five years. They hope to impact their lives and create a ripple effect of change in various communities all across Kenya and, hopefully, the whole of Africa.
To learn more about the initiative and find out how you can support the campaign, visit its official webpage.