In Swahili, the word huru means freedom.
It signifies independence and personal growth,
the concepts on which Huru International was built.

Empowering Girls. Period.

Empowering Girls. Period.

According to UNICEF, one in ten African girls either skip school during their periods, or drop out entirely.  As a result, they miss important school lessons and risk compromising their futures.  An incomplete education almost inevitably leads to a lifetime of social and economic vulnerability.

Huru International believes that all girls should have access to a proper education and be free to lead healthy, happy lives.  They provide free Huru Kits to young women in Kenya who are living in poverty and need these kits in order to stay in school.  Each Kit comes packaged in a drawstring bag that doubles as a backpack and includes:

  • Eight reusable sanitary napkins
  • Three pairs of underwear
  • Soap to wash the sanitary napkins
  • Waterproof bag to safely store used sanitary napkins
  • Educational insert featuring information on proper sanitary napkin usage & HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Various other items [as suitable]
A Huru Kit

A Huru Kit

Huru International also offers employment opportunities to local women, ensuring that their model will be sustainable and continue to benefit entire communities. These simple measures are already helping to keep girls in school and educate them on HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as encourage local, sustainable job development.

Each Huru Kit provides resources designed to inspire young women with dreams of greater possibilities… which is exactly what The TORCH Program provides for underserved youth in New York City.  I have had the privilege of working with TORCH since 2002, and the combined privilege of helping to facilitate a project about Huru for the TORCH students this past spring with dedicated mentors at the incomparable advertising agency JWT.

A few of the 1st year students at TORCH, 2010-11

A few of the 1st year students at TORCH, 2010-11

TORCH is dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved New York City public high school students by providing intensive exposure to career training and opportunities in communications and the arts, all while facilitating a meaningful way of increasing the diversity of the workforce in those industries.  We ask our students to examine advertising and communication in the world around them, encouraging them to be more than just passive consumers in our culture.

Take a look at the two videos created by first-year TORCH students to raise awareness about Huru:

To donate $25 and provide a Huru Kit directly to a girl in Kenya, visit http://www.huruinternational.org/how-to-help

To learn more about The TORCH Program, mentor a student, make a donation and get involved, visit http://www.thetorchprogram.org

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