In Bolivia, approximately one in two girls do not have a hygienic way to manage their period because of poor bathroom conditions. As a result, some girls skip school and miss educational opportunities that prepare them for their future.
Kimberly-Clark and our brand Kotex believes a period shouldn’t get in the way of a girl’s or woman’s progress, so our Kotex brand launched a new partnership with Plan International.
The program, called #EsosDiasDelMes (Those Days of the Month) has two key elements. The first part of the program funds the construction of 27 new bathrooms in four schools in El Puente, Buena Vista, El Torno, and Ascención de Guarayos, Bolivia. The second part of the program provides educational information to Bolivian communities about menstruation and educates adolescent school children about menstrual hygiene, as well as health, self-esteem, identity, preservation of the environment, and relationships.
“At Kimberly-Clark, we believe that access to sanitation is essential for a better life,” said Ana Beatriz Franco, country manager for Kimberly-Clark Bolivia. “It’s much more than just building bathrooms, it’s not letting a natural part of being a woman get in the way of what a girl wants to achieve.”
Our aim is to have a direct, positive impact on nearly 700 students in Bolivia, with a broader reach of 1,600 people in the community. The program supports Kimberly-Clark’s broader commitment to improve the lives of 25 million people in need by 2022, and builds on other initiatives we have in Bolivia, including water and sanitation projects.
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