Sistercup Kicks off successful in the slums of NairobiPosted: March 2, 2011
The Sisternet pilot project “Sistercup” kicked off successfully in December 2010 after fundraising for 125 menstrual cups from friends and families in Sweden. The project was received with lots of enthusiasm and energy in Kenya, at that time we had three members of Sisternet in Kenya who introduced the project to the curious team leaders. Our partnering organisation Human Rights City had already identified 10 team leaders who were going to work in Korogocho and Maili Saba slum in Nairobi.
On the 8th of december we had an introduction meeting with the team leaders, they were very curious about how menstrual cups worked and especially because it was the first time that most of them heard about them. During the meeting, the team leaders asked many questions about the menstrual cup and it safety and general questions of how to use and clean the cup. We answered their questions by going through the guidelines that we had prepared for them. The team leaders also underwent a one-day dialogue circle workshop, to equip them with different methods for having fruitful discussions with the girls. After the training the team leaders were each given a menstrual cup. After having used the menstrual cup for a month, we received a feedback from the team leaders that served as an eye opener to us.
During the end of January 2011, 50 girls from 10 different schools aged from 15-18 were identified and given menstrual cups. Our team leaders are holding dialogue circles with them about reproductive health, sanitation and their experiences on the usage of the menstrual cup.
We are still gathering the girls experiences and at the same time in the process of fundraising to be able to have more trainings and dialogue circles gathering on Reproductive health and Menstrual cups to Korogocho and Maili Saba community. We will give out the other 50 Menstrual cups after the completion of the first phase with the 50 girls that we are currently working with.