From Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
|Our Kenyan partner clinics are overwhelmed by need and lacking supplies.
Please, help Planned Parenthood get condoms, emergency contraception, and medical care to the victims of sexual violence in Kenya ? and to women and men around the world. Thank you.
In the aftermath of the unimaginable chaos and sexual violence that gripped Kenya for months, Dr. Sarah Onyango knows exactly what to do. The only problem is, there aren’t enough supplies or resources to do it.
There aren’t enough post-trauma counselors, pregnancy tests, condoms, or emergency contraception.
Normally, I write to you about how to help Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the women, men, and young people we serve surmount challenges here in the U.S. But the reports coming out of our Africa Regional Office in Kenya are beyond comprehension. And that’s why I’m writing you today.
Right now, I need your help to ensure that critical reproductive health services continue to be available to the millions of Kenyans who need them ? and that we have the funds to continue our work around the world. Please help.
Talking to our Africa Regional Director, Dr. Onyango, I could hardly believe her composure given the challenges she’s facing. Her update spoke of progress, but against odds that I can’t even imagine. She told me that her staff members who feared for their lives have been successfully relocated; the health care provider who was shot is now recovering; the health clinics that were burned down or destroyed are nowhere near being rebuilt, but the nurses and counselors have found ways to continue to treat rape and trauma survivors; and health workers continue to distribute what contraceptives they have left however they can.
Just as the whole nation of Kenya is looking to Kofi Annan’s recent power-sharing agreement with hope for peace and resolution, health care providers and their patients in Kenya are looking to Planned Parenthood. Our International Program partners with local organizations in Kenya as well as more than 15 other countries to enable them to provide critical reproductive health care.
Right now, today, we can be there for them. You can help make the difference in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on us.
$25 can help provide 100 male condoms.
$100 can help provide emergency contraception for a week’s worth of patients.
$500 can help provide hours of post-trauma counseling for survivors of sexual assault.
Now more than ever, reproductive health care has become a matter of life and death in Kenya’s most affected neighborhoods and communities, communities where we know Planned Parenthood can make the difference.
Thank you for standing with us today. I’ll keep you updated as the situation in Kenya evolves, including ways you can continue to help.
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
P.S. You can read more about the situation in Kenya here.