Pupil in Kenya
Meet Natasha Wanjiru, Bridge Kenya alumni — now a final year student at Episcopal High School in Virginia, United States. She recently flew home and took time to visit her primary alma mater — Bridge, Kabiria in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. She was there to talk to young girls about the challenges of being a teenager, and to raise awareness of menstrual health.
This menstrual health programme is the second project under the auspice of her Change4Change initiative, which was founded in 2017. Natasha seeks to provide a safe space for teenage girls to ask any questions about the different stages of adolescence.
One of the pupils in Natasha’s group says that: “These sessions help us to understand puberty and what is happening in our lives,” Another adds: “I’m learning a lot of things about the stage we are at that I did not know before.”
With support from Days for Girls, Natasha handed out free sanitary pads to all girls in Classes 7 & 8. Natasha states that her previous experience motivated her to help other young girls: “I have been in that situation before, without having pads, not knowing what is happening,” she says.
Natasha sat her primary leaving exam in 2015, scoring 364 out of 400 — securing herself a scholarship to Episcopal High School. This is where she began her Change4Change initiative, to give other pupils access to scholarships as well as vital information about growing up.
Her initiative currently supports 45+ pupils with their education, testament to the true multiplier effect of a good-quality education. Her experience in the U.S. has influenced her ambition: “I want to be a social entrepreneur, and use business to solve problems. Education is a good place to start,” she beams.
Good luck for the future, Natasha!
Watch Natasha below on Kenyan TV’s KBC Channel 1 ‘Family Matters’ show from June 2018. A special Day of the African Child edition prompted a discussion on how best to protect and enhance the rights of the African child.