Why I-Care?

“Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilised society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century. ”
- President Barack Obama -

Confidence enables us to live abundantly and happily, but so many females are denied this opportunity simply because they lack the means and knowledge for sexual reproductive health and menstrual hygiene.
In many cultures, myths and taboos on sexuality have a serious effect on the well-being and lifestyle of millions of girls and women. They are excluded from the community, which makes  them feel insecure.


I-Care pads

Over the past 5 years I-Care has provided over 50,000 girls and women with high-quality, affordable, re-usable sanitary pads. These pads enabled them to attend school and go to work and feel comfortable.
The pads were made in Kisumu (Kenya) by a team of 12 local women.

I-Care Teaching Method 

I-Care has also developed a unique and effective intervention method which enables girls and women to live freely and take charge of their lives. This series of booklets tells stories about real life and challenges in community settings and deals with taboos and myths surrounding such topics as menstruation, sexual abuse and peer pressure. The stories are written in such a way that they can also be performed as skits. The colourful illustrations have proven appeal to the target groups.  The booklets are currently being used in schools in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Boys are included in order to establish an open dialogue and create mutual understanding.



Latest news


The succes of beer and pads

Drinking beer and buying menstrual hygiene products, is there a link? Yes there is!

A very good one. At the yearly beer festival in Sassenheim, Germany, the empty beer glasses were changed into 3200 euro. Enough money to help 800 girls in Matoso, Kenya to get Sanitary pads.


The foundation '999 Doet' was at this beer event cause the father of one of the workers is a volunteer at the foundation. Together they got a lot of empty glasses which they could exchange for hard cash. At events in Europe empty glasses are often exchangeable for money, to help making people aware of reusable products and a greener environment. Just like the use of sanitary pads! ICare is very pleased with this news. More pads, more awareness!


You can read the original dutch written news here.


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