RUBiS Energy Kenya has joined forces with GirlsRunPeriod, a Canadian non-governmental organization dedicated to combating period poverty worldwide, and the Women Development Centre (WODEC) to host the second annual GirlsRun event. The primary objective of this run is to promote the health, well-being, and economic empowerment of girls and women in Kenya, with the ultimate goal of eradicating period poverty.
Held in Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, the run brought together more than 3,000 girls from local schools. These girls not only received Sanikits, but also benefited from comprehensive menstrual health education. By providing these resources, RUBiS Energy Kenya aims to positively impact the physical, mental, and social well-being of these girls, using sports as a platform to advocate for this cause. Additionally, the run presents an opportunity to support the local economy by involving hardworking women’s groups within the community who produce environmentally friendly reusable Sanikits.
The RUBiS GirlsRun in Kapsisiywa is a testament to the collaborative efforts of GirlsRunPeriod, Women Development Centre East Africa (WODEC), Athletics Kenya, and the Nandi County Government. Building upon the triumph of the inaugural RUBiS GirlsRun held in Iten in January 2022, this event showcases the unwavering dedication of these organizations towards empowering girls and women in Kenya.
During the event, Susan Namulindwa, the Founder of GirlsRunPeriod, emphasized the ongoing challenges faced by girls and young women in terms of menstrual health. By bringing together various partners and empowering women within communities to educate and support these girls, the initiative uplifts not only the local community but the entire nation.
The RUBiS GirlsRun in Kapsisiywa featured a range of races, from 500 meters to an 8-kilometer run, catering to girls aged 5 and above. Esteemed athletes such as Eliud Kipchoge and Wesley Korir, as well as Wesley Korir – CAS Sports, Art and Gender, participated in the event. The event attracted over 6,000 participants, including girls from schools in the area, athletes from the region, sponsors, guests, and representatives from the Nandi County Government.
RUBiS Energy Kenya is actively involved in corporate social responsibility initiatives focused on education, health, safety, and the environment. The company has supported projects in social integration and livelihood improvement through partnerships with the Kibera Black Stars Association. In the field of education, RUBiS Energy Kenya has established the RUBiS Energy Kenya Education Scholarship Fund and partnered with the Ajuma Foundation. Additionally, the company has contributed to health-related causes through support for the Faraja Cancer Trust and the Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya.