Report of the Free Community Medical Camp (Meru County; August 11, 2018)
TVT organized a free medical camp in Meru County on August 11, 2018. The broad aims of the medical camp were to make quality health care available for free to the poorest of the poor in a rural Kenya community
TVT Donates books and sanitary pads to a poor schoolin Meru County
25th May, 2018 is a day which will stay in the memories of the pupils, parents and teachers of Kiremu primary school for a long time. The community was truly grateful to TVT for their concern of the education of their children. TVT donated text books for classes 1-8 and sanitary pads for all the girls in the school to last for 5 months.
Holiday mentorship Seminar popular with students
TVT organises holiday mentorship seminar for the students sponsored by various donors as a way of enabling students to learn from their role.models and more important exchange on their challenges...
Greening our villages and schools
The tree planting exercise was very successful and exiting to the pupils, teachers, parents and the TVT staff who participated in the exercise.
2018 Women's Day
As we celebrate this year’s International women’s day, TVT wishes to congratulate all people of good will who have sacrificed their time, efforts and money to empower awomen.
Education is a right for all and not a Privilege of a few
TVT Library services are located the TVT Training Centre. The Centre houses offices of the TVT, tailoring school and community grain bank.
First TVT Reading Competition was a Huge Success
On 26th August 2016, TVT held the first reading competition and it was a huge success. The reading competition attracted students from both lower and upper secondary classes. The audience who turned up in large numbers included parents and relatives who came to witness the historical event at the TVT training house in Meru.

TVT Takes Villachic Reusable Sanitary Pads to Samburu

TVT in partnership with the Grevyzebra Trust has just completed a three day training workshop on production of reusable sanitary pads (Villachic) for the nomadic communities of Samburu. The training which targeted  women, youth and men community leaders, brought together 43 group leaders drawn from all clans of Samburu. The three day intensive residential training took place at a local primary school in Archers Post.

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The increasing rate of school drop out for girls due to lack of sanitary pads has been a major concern for the local leaders and development partners. Women in Samburu, just like many women in the poor rural villages, result to very unhealthy and dangerous methods of preventing flow leakage when they are menstruating. During the time of sharing of experiences, women shared horror stories of the sufferings they go through whenever they have periods. They said that they normally use old cloth rags, pieces of old mattress, papers, tree leaves, animal skins and anything else that would prevent leakage. As a result they are constantly having infections but there is nothing they can. They said their daughters drop out of school and get married due to inability attend classes when they have their monthly periods. Due to fear of spoiling their dresses and embarrass themselves in front of the boys and men teachers, girls opt to skip school at least one week every month and this impacts negatively on their performance.

They acknowledge the fact that many organizations and individuals donate disposable pads but when they finish, they go back to using their non hygienic methods of preventing leakages. As one of the community leaders reported during the interview (see video) having skills and knowledge to make reusable sanitary pads will go a long way in building the confidence of women, earning them income and enabling the Samburu girls to concentrate in their studies without fear and anxiety of having monthly periods.

Young men who were not married and young school girls also attended the training. Asked what motivated them to attend the training, when they are not even married, they said that they have seen their sisters suffer and they have always wanted to be help but they had no means. They felt so empowered with skills and expertise to make pads. They reported that with their new acquired skills they will be able to make pads for their sisters and when they get married their wives will not have to go through the sufferings their mothers had gone through.

Though Grevyzebra Trust focuses more on wildlife conservation, it has emerged that women are very active and this new partnership with TVT will ensure that women needs are well taken care of.

Making of reusable sanitary pads is one of the TVT's income generating projects for women, requiring support from the entire community. During the closing ceremony the Samburu Country Cabinet Secretary in charge of tourism pledged to work with the women who had been trained to market their pads. The local leaders also pledged to assist the various groups to raise seed money to buy sanitary pads production materials. TVT reassured the trainees of continued support on capacity building and retraining as and when needed. There are more communities requiring this intervention and to know how you can support your own community contact TVT. The workshop closing ceremony was attended by TVT GrevyZebra and TVT board members.

Dr. Tabitha TVT sanitary pads consultant taking Samburu Women through the process of making reusable sanitary pads.

TVT outreach coordinator Ms. Gichuru assistant with baby sitting for one of the mothers who attended training with her three weeks old baby.

Women displaying their completed pads for Inspection by the trainer. Quality is an important aspect of training.

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