Give 100 Girls Access to Reproductive Healthcare & Education!

This #GivingTuesday, help Organic Health Response provide urgently needed reproductive health services to 100 at-risk adolescent girls on Mfangano Island, Kenya. This remote island, located in Lake Victoria, has the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa - and women are disproportionately affected by the virus. 

By giving back this holiday season, you will help make it possible for young women to educate and protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and STDs, teen pregnancy and domestic abuse.

Why?

While the number of HIV/AIDS cases has gone down significantly in the United States, the epidemic is alive and well in western Kenya. A waning commercial fishing industry has devastated the island's public health, environment and economy, leaving 30% of residents infected at a rate nearly 6 times the national average. 

Giving adolescent girls access to reproductive healthcare and education is essential to winning this fight. Yet women's access to these critical services are under attack in the U.S. and in many places around the world. It’s becoming harder for women to attain the knowledge and resources they need to to make healthy reproductive and sexual health decisions. 

Knowledge is power. You have the power to stand up against this dangerous trend on #GivingTuesday and empower the girls of Mfangano Island in solidarity with women in need around the globe.

How?

Your tax-deductible donation enables Organic Health Response to reach a $5,000 fundraising goal that will:

  • Support staff and facilities to educate 8 teams of 100 adolescent girls who reside on Mfangano Island
  • Purchase and distribute 100 Days for Girls Washable Hygiene Kits, which facilitate menstrual hygiene management for up to 3 years
  • Fund a 4-day workshop that will train 3 peer mentors who specialize in women's issues
  • Provide access to reproductive health services through youth-friendly outreach events that address HIV/AIDS and STDs, pregnancy, and domestic abuse

Community-based interventions and programs give participating girls enhanced decision-making power to stay in school, protect their health, and chose when to marry and conceive. We anticipate higher rates of school attendance, lower rates of teen pregnancies and HIV/STD infections, and fewer child marriages. 

Who?

Organic Health Response (OHR) is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports community health on Mfangano Island, Kenya, with a focus on technology, social solidarity, and sustainability. OHR equips rural villages with the resources and training they need to develop innovative, community-based solutions that respond “organically” to overwhelming socioeconomic, epidemiological, and ecological challenges.

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