first lady receives an award for being the best in efforts on Family Planning and child Mortality

Her Excellency the First Lady of Tharaka Nithi County has distinctly featured and initiated key steps towards tackling the issues that plague our mothers and children in various parts of the country.
Mrs. Lucy Ragwa, in her primary initiatives has seen the challenges of women and especially the girl child prompting her to start a Community based organization tagged “Kaari Getu”, meaning “Our girl” to create more awareness and sensitization.
Her first initiative was the campaign tagged “Breaking the silence on Menstrual Hygiene” aimed at fighting the stigma and silent suffering the girls undergo every month forcing them to miss schools and drop in performance.
This initiative saw Tharaka Nithi host the first ever National celebrations of Menstrual Hygiene Day where the Hon. Linah Jebii Kilimo, chairwoman of Kenya’s Anti-FGM Board, both National & International guests graced the occasion.
For the last three years, she has been able to distribute sanitary towels to over 50 primary schools within the county with girls being trained on self confidence and donated books for a library in various primary and secondary schools.
This has been complimented with the recent training of women and the girls on how to make sanitary towels which she plans to sustain with a sanitary towels industry where she is currently sourcing funds and more partners to start off.
She is also supporting various women groups in the county through introduction of Table banking for economical empowerment.
In partnership with Ahadi Kenya, the First Lady has also issued shoes and slippers for both girls and boys within the county. More to this she has begun workshops and seminars to support the boy child who is now also at the risk of being sideline by the community.
In another front, Her Excellency has also been involved in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) where she has seen women groups and girls get training on alternative rites of passage.
During one of the graduation ceremonies in Igamba Ng’ombe she commended the girls and issued sanitary towels to the girls who are now aware that (FGM) , compromises the rights and health of Women.
She has continuously worked closely with H.E Margaret Kenyatta which saw Tharaka Nithi get one of the largest Beyond Zero Truck to enhance more health services especially at the lower vast arid areas.
In support of maternal health, Mrs. Ragwa launched the County strategic Plan on Family Planning.
She is also the patron of Miss Tourism Tharaka Nithi, where she has supported and involved the beauties in motivational programs to encourage the girl child

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