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In Nairobi, Kenya, young leaders are tackling period inequality and improving the access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Nairobi’s water supply is largely dependent on seasonal rains and several rivers, with water shortages being a common issue during dry periods.

Today, it is estimated that 70% of Nairobi’s population live in informal settlements with only 20% of the population having access to piped water and sanitation.

Pauline and the team of young leaders are using the power of football to create awareness on water challenges and to educate girls on using clean water for sanitation and hygiene during their period.

Reflecting on the water challenges affecting Nairobi, Pauline said: “Water is at the root of everything. We need water to cook, clean and bathe. Every time a girl is experiencing her menses, she needs water to drink and to clean herself.

“Through the project, we have shown society how to use clean water, how to reuse water, when to dispose of water, and ways of treating water.”

This Cityzens Giving project is delivered in partnership with Tackle.

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