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Grace at her stall with freshly made fries/chips

The other side of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in severe economic and social impacts around the world. Youth are particularly vulnerable to the disruptions the pandemic has caused and many are now at risk of being left behind in education, economic opportunities and general well-being. 

Girls from the Girls' Advocacy Alliance distribute sanitary pads in Kibera, Kenya.

Helping girls manage their periods during COVID-19

Quarantine measures are cutting girls off from essential health services. This Menstrual Hygiene Day it's more important than ever for girls to speak out about their needs without shame.

Cosmos, 33,  is ensuring girls' safety during the corona virus outbreak

The boda boda rider putting girls’ safety before money during COVID-19

Cosmas, 33, is a boda boda rider from an informal slum settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. He is determined to keep girls safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terry, 24, washes her hands at one of the hand-washing stations in Kibera

“I am afraid that we might all die of hunger”

Terry, 24, a dancer and student, fears for her future as her life is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lornah helps child wash his hands at one of the handwashing stations in Kibera

Kibera’s water girls protect their community from COVID-19

Lornah, 21, is fearful of the affects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on her community but she is determined to help as many people as she can.

Girls from the Girls Advocacy Alliance distributing sanitary pads in Kibera

Helping girls manage their periods during the COVID-19 crisis

As the world grapples with an unprecedented global health emergency, a small group of girls from Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Kenya and Africa as a whole, gather around to discuss another emergency – the lack of sanitary pads for them to use. 

Diana, 21, receiving care package from Plan International Kenya

Supporting young mothers through the COVID-19 crisis

21-year old Diana, a young mother and girl advocate with Plan International’s Girls Advocacy Alliance project lives with her family in Kibera. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Diana’s life has been on hold.

Patricia is concerned about the wellbeing of people with disabilities.

“I am grateful for the gift of family, more so during this time”

Patricia is a youth advocate from Kenya who works with Plan International. Her passion revolves around safety, education, and empowerment of girls, especially those living with disabilities, and empowering parents who have given birth to children with disabilities. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives, for people with disabilities it has made things particularly challenging.

Georgina, 20, lives in one of Kenya's Informal settlements

Fearing for girls’ safety in Kenya’s informal settlements

Nairobi's slums are home to the poorest of Kenyan society. Poor sanitation and overcrowding make social distancing an impossible task, raising fears about the potential spread of COVID-19. With a dusk to dawn curfew, the lives of the settlement residents have been turned upside down.