According to Alvarez (2019), period poverty “refers to the inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management.” Due to the unavailability of access to clean water and lack of financial resources, the women and girls of the Maasai are unable to care for their menstrual flow properly. Instead, parasitic water deriving from mud holes is used to clean themselves, and pieces of cloth are used to contain their menses. Girls who attend school miss several days per month, disrupting their education due to a lack of proper sanitary products to control their monthly flow.
Ark of Hope Community Center collects between $300 to $500 monthly from several individual donors. The amount varies monthly based on one’s financial ability. Three hundred dollars provides 600 women and girls with sanitary supplies for one month, while $500.00 provides 1,000 women and girls. The monetary collection began in October 2018 and has continued to the present.
Our goal is to provided support and resources for women and young girls lead productive, healthy and happy lives
The Maasai has been a people who traditionally live off the land by grazing the livestock where they reside. Typically, the movement of the people correlated with the needs of the cattle, leading them to go wherever there is available water and grassland. Unfortunately, the dry weather causes movement to be frequent. Even during the rainy season, little rain often leaves many mud holes dry. Usually, the community has very little to eat and would go several days without food or water.
With partners, Ark of Hope’s goals is to construct 80 community wells throughout the Maasailand. The wells will provide clean water for entire communities allowing them to perform their daily activities better, improve health, and hygiene in families, and the overall community. Additionally, the family unit will no longer be disrupted for six months to a year to drive the cattle from Kajiado into Tanzania in search of water.
Finally, after constructing each well, the community will plant gardens and have a steady economic flow by selling produce and meat.
Your support and monetary donations will directly benefit the lives of the Maasai people.
Ark Of Hope Community Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 505, Lanham, MD 20703, US
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