Huru International Celebrates 5 Years Helping African Girls Stay in School with An International Children's Day Challenge

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Huru re-useable sanitary napkin and hygiene kits donated on the week of June 1, 2013 will be matched by Micato Safaris

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African Girls with their Huru Kits

One Huru Kit costs only $25, a very small price to pay when you consider the return on investment—lives saved and cycles of poverty and ignorance broken. - Dennis Pinto, Managing Director, Micato Safaris

In celebration of nonprofit foundation Huru International’s fifth year, providing African girls with Huru Kits – backpacks filled with re-useable sanitary pads, life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention information, and other vital information and resources essential to sexual and reproductive health – a founding sponsor Micato Safaris, will match the first 1,000 Huru Kit donations one-to-one on International Children’s Day, June 1 through Friday, June 7, 2013.

“Huru means ‘freedom’ in Swahili,” states Huru International Founder and Executive Director Lorna Macleod. “Through the generous support of our corporate sponsors and individual donors, we have been able to give African girls the ultimate freedom by helping them stay in school. According to UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Global Campaign for Education, keeping girls in school is the best way to protect them from chronic poverty and getting infected with the HIV virus.”

“One Huru Kit costs only $25, a very small price to pay when you consider the return on investment—lives saved and cycles of poverty and ignorance broken. And, because Huru Kits are environmentally friendly and locally produced, new jobs are being created in the girls’ communities,“ states Dennis Pinto, Managing Director of Micato Safaris.

Since its founding in 2008, Huru International has impacted over 300,000 lives:

  •     80,000 + girls have received Huru Kits- helping them stay in school and remain active at home and work;
  •     200,000 family members received HIV prevention information;
  •     20,000+ boys have attended HIV-prevention education sessions;
  •     12,000+ parents have participated in education sessions;
  •     500+ schools have been visited;
  •     100 Kenyans from the Mukuru slum of Nairobi have been employed;
  •     20 community events have been held, providing thousands of people with HIV testing, cervical cancer screening and family planning services.

To donate a Huru Kit to an African girl or make a general donation, visit http://www.huruinternational.org/how-to-help/

Huru was founded in 2008 by Lorna Macleod and distributes sanitary pad kits to underprivileged girls to help them stay in school and remain HIV-free. Huru pads are environmentally friendly, and manufactured in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi. Huru has received funding from Johnson & Johnson, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, PEPFAR, PATH, Micato Safaris, and other generous donors.

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