How your regular gift could help girls like Esther
The UK government will match the first three months of your donation, pound for pound. So we can help twice as many girls who need us.
£15 a month could…
Help educate girls and ensure they are aware of their rights
£10 a month could…
Provide counselling and legal support to girls who have been sexually abused
£5 a month could…
Help a girl seek justice after she’s been subjected to sexual violence
Or choose your own amount to give…
Q&A What is UK Aid Match?
Give today and your donation will be doubled by the UK Government. Even better, set up a monthly donation and your first three regular gifts will be doubled. This match funding will help pay for projects in Kenya, focused on reducing all forms of violence against women and girls. All donations made to this appeal between 7 March and 7 June 2018 will be matched, up to £5 million.
Period poverty puts girls at risk
One in 10 girls in Africa miss school when they have their period because they can’t access sanitary products. They worry their period will stain their uniform or they’ll be teased by other children. And without a safe, private toilet to use at school, girls feel insecure and uncomfortable going to the toilet during menstruation.
“Many families here are poor and these young girls lack money for even the most basic things like sanitary protection.”
Irene, Nyarongi, Kenya
When girls miss several days of school each month, they fall behind with their studies and are more likely to drop out completely. They then lack the skills and knowledge they need to get a good job, and the confidence to defend their rights. This puts them at greater risk of experiencing sexual violence, exploitation and abuse.
Our Not This Girl appeal is supporting local women’s groups in Kenya. These groups are tackling period poverty in their communities and helping girls get access to sanitary towels in school.
Telling Esther’s story
Esther and her family gave us full permission to share their story, but to protect Esther’s anonymity we have changed certain identifying details, and we have not used her photograph.
The photograph accompanying her story at the top and bottom of this page is of a girl called Jenny who lives in a different part of Kenya. Jenny and her mother gave their full informed consent for us to take photos of her to be used in this way.
Read more about our Not This Girl appeal
Watch our behind the scenes video where we explain how we’re protecting the identity of young survivors of violence in our Not This Girl appeal.