Community Impact - Poverty Alleviation in Kenya - Tavel4Purpose in Mombasa Kenya

Research across Kenya’s rural and peri-urban regions has revealed the stark realities of maternity wards. From antenatal to postnatal care, resource constraints hinder a broad spectrum of maternal healthcare in public health facilities. This is a big deal because it affects the supply of vital menstrual hygiene products for new moms and impedes education on menstrual health and hygiene. And the fallout is not just physical; there’s an impact on women’s agency and a deepening of period poverty.

The Role of Travel4Purpose in Promoting Menstrual Health Equity

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), period poverty is the struggle many low-income women and girls face while trying to afford menstrual products. The term also refers to the increased economic vulnerability women and girls face due to the financial burden posed by menstrual supplies. Tackling these challenges is vital. We must ensure that menstrual health management is dignified, effective, and sustainable. This highlights the need for integrated maternal and reproductive health care strategies. This is where Travel4Purpose’s crucial role comes into play.

The Purpose in Our Travel: Breaking the Cycle of Period Poverty in Kenya's Maternity Wards

In the neonatal unit, mothers express gratitude for reusable pads, a relief from high menstrual product costs.

Empowering Kenyan Women: Travel4Purpose’s Innovative Approach to Sexual Health Education and Access to Sanitary Products

Travel4Purpose, a social enterprise, is making a difference in Kenyan hospitals and schools, combining sanitary pad distribution with important education on sexual and reproductive health, body autonomy, and gender-based violence. They work with Tunaweza, a group of talented women with disabilities who make these reusable sanitary pads. These pads are a game-changer for women who can’t get disposable sanitary products. Their approach? It’s all about ensuring young women in the community have a safe and supportive space to learn and ask crucial questions about their bodies. It’s a big step in overcoming stigma and the problem of insufficient resources.

Travel4Purpose collaborates with Tunaweza women with disabilities, who craft reusable sanitary pads, supporting sustainable solutions.

Empowering Mothers and Newborns: T4P and Sup.Kenya Distribute Sanitary Pads and Essential Hampers in Mombasa

This Christmas, T4P partnered with Sup.Kenya, a charity organization, and local volunteers, to distribute sanitary pads in the maternity wards at Coast Provincial General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. T4P isn’t just about travel; they create personalized journeys in Kenya that positively impact social and environmental issues, thanks to their tourism and community engagement initiatives. The sanitary pads were complemented by 150 newborn essential hampers from Sup.Kenya to enhance support for new mothers and babies.

In the busy maternity ward, new mothers receive a basket of hope with essential supplies for their journey into parenthood.

Empowering Women Through Education and Sustainable Sanitary Pad Distribution: T4P’s Impact at Coast Provincial General Hospital

T4P’s collaboration in Mombasa’s Coast Provincial General Hospital was a step in addressing period poverty and fostering an environment where women can learn about and manage their reproductive health effectively. It’s about bringing together sustainable sanitary pad distribution with education on sexual and reproductive health, which is crucial to building a supportive community for women,  paving the way for more informed and empowered future generations. Through their innovative approaches and collaborative efforts, T4P is breaking the cycle of period poverty and setting an example of how responsible organizations can drive meaningful change in communities. Their journey is an ongoing mission to ensure dignified care and empowerment for women, one pad at a time.

A mother proudly presents her reusable sanitary pads, ‘Najivunia kuwa mwanamke’ (I am proud to be a woman).

Empowering Women Through Menstrual Health Education: Partnering with Travelforpurpose

Working with responsible organizations like Travelforpurpose is about more than just handing out menstrual pads. It’s about providing crucial menstrual health education and enhancing women’s agency. T4P actively welcomes support from individual contributors, companies looking to contribute to their corporate social responsibility initiatives, and organizations interested in forming partnerships.

Each durable, reusable pad, costing 400 KES (2.5 USD), offers years of reliability and savings. A collaborative effort is vital in expanding our impact. Let’s make a real difference by breaking the cycle of period poverty and ensuring dignified care for women in Kenya and worldwide!

Article Author: Dr. Shaz Khalid

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Ruth I
Ruth I
2024-07-09
Beautiful and peaceful experience We had such a beautiful peaceful experience on the canoe tour, and our guide was informative but also let us enjoy the sounds of nature and the quiet moments. The sunset was beautiful too ❤️
PhilippeS1707
PhilippeS1707
2024-05-23
The magic moment of our holidays Magic, Romantic and Fantastic trip! Travel4Purpose gives you this feeling to be unique! I warmly recommend!!Thanks to the T4P Rafiki!!!
Basheer S
Basheer S
2024-04-09
Trip of a lifetime T4P/Shanmi was incredible. Helpful, supportive and kind. T4P played a major role in me and friends having one of the best trips of our lives. Immensely grateful for the support, organising and friendliness throughout.
Sahdi
Sahdi
2024-02-21
Mombasa City Tour The Mombasa city tour was great! A wonderful way to see the city in action and get to know more about the area. Was able to pay by card/link which was good! Tyson was a great guide who made the experience more enjoyable for us 👍
Georgia M
Georgia M
2024-02-18
Loved it! The view was was great and I have loads of nice photos! The guide was also lovely and chatty, making us feel very comfortable. We overall loved the experience. Definitely on the pricier side of other options but the ride was longer and more catered to our interests. It’s worth noting the coconuts at the end are not included and expensive for tourists (probably obvious but not to us!)
Shamija J
Shamija J
2024-02-04
Cultural, Relevant, Impactful Experiences Sham of Travel4Purpose is thee absolute best. From the first contact up to the day we landed in Nairobi, she makes sure everything is organized well, so that we could enjoy each day to the fullest. And when she wasn’t available, she had someone there checking on us. From our drivers, to the tours, to the experiences even help with lodging everything was amazing. We wanted this trip to be a cultural, fun learning experience and we got that plus more with help from Sham. We just had to show up and all the rest was taken care of. Can’t wait to do it all again!
Shamija J
Shamija J
2024-02-04
Amazing Tour and Animals Shams is absolutely amazing. Our itinerary for this trip was carefully arranged down to the simplest details. The tour was amazing and we got to see so much up close and personal.
Thill D
Thill D
2024-02-04
A must for Naturelovers We had a very nice morning, saw a lot of plants, insects and animals. Our guide Omar was very helpful and patient. He explained very well and answered all our questions. All in all it was a very satisfying experience. Dany
postikortti
postikortti
2024-01-28
Interesting Mombasa City and Food Tour We requested a private city tour of Mombasa combined with the food tour. Travel4Purpose were very quick with the inquiry and were very flexible with arranging the pickup and return to our hotel. So if you don't see exactly what you want on their website, don't be afraid to reach out and inquire about the changes. We were picked up from our hotel in a car and then had an enjoyable day exploring the old town of Mombasa in a tuk-tuk, visiting the markets and some shops. We especially enjoyed visiting Imani Collective, where local women make different items (soft toys, bags, home accessories, etc.). You can be very specific with the places you want to visit and they are happy to accommodate your requests. We also enjoyed different snacks and drinks bought from the local vendors. At the end of the day we were returned back to our hotel in a car. Do take some cash with you if you want to buy something and also for tips to the local guides.
Hannah B
Hannah B
2023-12-22
Great day organised by Travel4Purpose Sham of Travel4Purpose is the best. From the first contact upto the day after she makes sure everything is organised well, so that we could enjoy the day to the fullest. We started with a Nature Walk with the Giraffes. It was hot, but very impressive. Not only giraffes, but there were also other animals. To have a break before our next activity, we took lunch at Yuls. A very enjoyable place and good food. Then we went ahead for the Dhow tour. It was a great way to end the day: seeing the sunset from the boat and sipping coconot water from a coconut. We had a great time. The driver, the guide at Nguuni Sanctuary and the 3 sailmen were incredibly friendly. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Annabelle Waghorn
Annabelle Waghorn
2024-06-08
We went on the boat trip with T4P, it was the most relaxing journey! The crew went above and beyond, even climbing the mast to the get the best group selfie! We also did a bracelet workshop with such lovely men by the Fort Jesus, they shared their stories and skills with us, we will be forever grateful for the insight they gave us on Mombasa! Thank you Sham and everyone!
Philippe Sarzi
Philippe Sarzi
2024-05-23
Magic, Romantic and Fantastic trip! Travel4Purpose gives you this feeling to be unique! Thanks to the T4P Rafiki!!!
Jenny Cusack
Jenny Cusack
2024-05-08
I loved my experience on the street food tour! Qamili quickly became a friend, we explored areas of Mombasa I haven’t been to, and enjoyed some delicious street eat. Sham & Qamili communicated well and everything was smooth pre and post tour. I highly recommend it 🩵
Vicky Stroud
Vicky Stroud
2024-04-30
We had a wonderful afternoon walking through the Old Town and then seeing Mombasa from a tuk tuk! Our guide was informative and interesting. Highly recommended!
Basheer Shonuga
Basheer Shonuga
2024-04-09
T4P/Shanmi was incredible. Helpful, supportive and kind. T4P played a major role in me and friends having one of the best trips of our lives. Immensely grateful for the support, organising and friendliness throughout.
Varun Lahoti
Varun Lahoti
2024-03-23
Travel4purpose's Mombasa city tour exceeded expectations! Hillary and Tyson, our guides, were exceptional. Their knowledge and enthusiasm brought the city's rich history and culture to life. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, every corner of Mombasa was explored with thoroughness and passion. Their attention to detail ensured we didn't miss a thing. The tour seamlessly blended historical insights with local anecdotes, offering a comprehensive experience. Whether you're a history buff or simply seeking adventure, this tour is a must. Thanks to Travel4purpose and their outstanding guides, Hillary and Tyson, for an unforgettable journey through Mombasa!
Roxanne Braganza
Roxanne Braganza
2024-03-19
We had a great time! The trip was peaceful and calm. Omari was a fantastic guide 👏
Gemma
Gemma
2024-03-08
Thank you Tyson for an incredible Mombasa City Tour! We had a great time and learnt so much. Tyson went out of his way to assist us. Dogo in Fort Jesus was a powerhouse of information! We were really impressed with Travel4Purpose! 👍👍👍
Mihret Haile
Mihret Haile
2024-03-08
We had an amazing food tour in Mombasa organized by T4P, we loved all the food we tried and learning about the history of old town. Tyson was a great guide.