THE CUP FOUNDATION
The Cup Foundation is a non-profit organization with the goal to educate and empower girls living in challenging environments by giving them life skills training and access to menstrual cups. By providing girls with ways to manage their periods young women and girls can stay in school and live a healthier and safer life.
So far The Cup have reached and trained over 5000 girls in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal is to reach 15 000 additional girls during 2017. The Cups work has shown great results. Girls who have gone through the specially designed Cup program and chosen to start using the cup have not missed a day of school since, and feel healthier and can participate in sports, be allowed to play and feel free. In other words The Cup provides dignity and empowerment to the girls.
To find out more about The Cup Foundation visit their webpage: www.thecup.org
THE CUP TRAINING
The Cup program is designed to offer support for girls in poverty. The sessions are run in schools over a four-week period divided into four sessions, where the girls are trained in several topics such as human rights, reproductive health, sex education, team building and empowerment.
GIRL SESSION 1: BONDING
The first session is about creating a comfortable environment for the girls, given that some of the topics discussed could seem embarrassing. The Cup trainers share their own stories and relevant experiences and girls are individually interviewed so that we understand each girl’s background.
GIRL SESSION 2: SEX EDUCATION
During the second session general topics about becoming an adolescent are discussed like sex, love, menstruation, contraception, infections, pregnancies, illegal abortions, prostitution and more.
GIRL SESSION 3: INTRODUCTION TO THE CUP
In the third session the girls are taught about reproductive health and educated about the menstrual cup. Girls who have started their period are given a cup for use. Part of session is devoted to practical training on how to use and take care of the cup.
GIRL SESSION 4: EMPOWERMENT
The final session in the program is all about empowerment and self-confidence. The girls are trained on their rights as women, citizens of their country and human beings.