Mobile app helps distribute sanitary towels to needy girls
DEVELOPMENT| Oct. 17, 2012, 4:35 p.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya’sChase Bank Foundation and ZanaAfrica Group have launched a mobile application to aid in national sanitary pad distribution. Tens of thousands of girls miss school because they cannot afford sanitary towels.
Dubbed ‘the Nia Network’, the new application, which can be downloaded through the Chase Bank website, allows participants to offer donations of sanitary towels and monitor what others have contributed.
The application is currently compatible with Android-based phones, but there are plans to expand to other operating systems.
Next steps for the application include standardising distribution methodology, directing donors to the disadvantaged schools, and monitoring the impact of pads on school performance metrics.
The Nia Network was conceptualized in 2008 but only became a reality after partnering with Chase Bank Foundation.
ZanaAfrica Founder and CEO, Megan White Mukuria, first launched the National Sanitary Towels Campaign in 2006 when she was then incoming-President of the Rotary Club of Nairobi South.
This campaign, in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Education, the Girl Child Network, P&G, and others, brought greater awareness to the plight of over 800,000 girls who miss 6 weeks of school a year due to lack of sanitary towels.
Since then, thousands of well-wishers, companies, religious and service organizations, and charities have donated pads.
“Partnering with ZanaAfrica ties in to our aspiration of being in the forefront of women's empowerment, as women are the core pillar of our society," said Duncan Kabui, Chase Bank CEO.
MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Dangote, Airtel 40,000 mobile phones for indigent Lagos womenDangote Foundation this week started the disbursement of N400 million micro grant and mobile phones to 40,000 indigent women in all the local governments in Lagos State. Read More
Evolve with STEM initiative reaches central and Brong Ahafo regionsAirtel Ghana’s corporate social responsibility initiative Evolve With STEM (EWS) has reached some public schools in the Central and Brong Ahafo Regions of the country. Read More
Safaricom Foundation commits Sh36million to free medical campsMore Kenyans are set to benefit from free medical services after Safaricom Foundation increased its funding towards the initiative to Sh36million. Read More
Social Entrepreneurs provide sustainable solutions for Africa's development priorities - ReportIs social entrepreneurship the new face of development? A recent impact report released by Reach for Change suggests it might be. Read More
Dimension Data, Cisco to protect rhino by tracking peopleIn a bid to reduce rhino poaching in South Africa, Dimension Data and Cisco will leverage technology to proactively intervene and stop people entering game reserves illegally. Read More
Global partnership launches programme to save children affected by HIV in LesothoMobile technology will be harnessed to help Lesotho combat the impact of HIV in a new global partnership programme. Read More
Rockefeller Foundation funds nonprofit bringing online business course to AfricaIn May, the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) will offer a unique online course designed to provide practical management expertise in emerging platform business models opening up new opportunities across Africa and the global economy. Read More
Ethiopia gearing up to transform education through technologyMicrosoft and the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia are coming together to transform education, further innovation and develop employability. Read More
Next Einstein Forum launches global call for a new era in science and technology in AfricaThe Next Einstein Forum has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence. Read More
MTN Ghana rewards Heroes of Change for their selfless actsMadam Paulina Opei, Founder of “Save our Lives Orphanage” and a trained nurse was crowned the overall winner of the MTN Heroes of Change Season II at the Accra International Conference Centre. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
COMPANY NEWSResolving the data centre disconnect
The disconnect between virtualised applications and physical storage is costing businesses time and money.Separating the attack that matters from the noise
It has almost become the norm for a business to be compromised by a security attack. The emphasis today is thus more on how a business responds ...MTN Business partners SMEasy to give entrepreneurs access to easy accounting solutions
MTN Business, in partnership with online accounting tool SMEasy, today announced the launch of an agile, fit for purpose business management and easy accounting solution for small ...