18 year old Danish youtuber & blogger Kristine Sloth has a giggle trying on the idea of carrying washing in a tub on her head with Kenyan 18 year old Doreen as they walk down to Lake Victoria from her village in Bondo, Kenya, as part of Doreen's daily life to wash clothes and collect water for her household.
Kristine is a role model and mentor to girls her age promoting girls education and gender equality. As Plan International's new ambassador she has made her own campaign, where she collects money for reusable pads and sex education for girls in Kenya. Together with Plan, Kristine traveled to Bondo in Kenya to deliver the first volume and meet peers girls whom she supports. I documented Kristine as she spent the day with Doreen who is also 18, they talked mostly about their very different lives. Kristine Sloth lives in from Aalborg and makes a living by making videos for YouTube, where she talks about her life and topics that particularly interest young girls. The most popular videos are viewed more than 500,000 times. Doreen told her how she married at age 15, now she has a 2 year old son, and her husband is a drunk and beats her.
Many girls from poor families in Bondo drop out of school when they get their menstrual period because they do not have pads or tampons so they bleed through their school uniform. Kristine has urged her followers (she has 355k on Instagram, 206k Youtube!) to give 18 crowns for a reusable menstrual pads and sex education for girls in Kenya. Menstrual napkins are made of fibers that keep the napkin sterile when washed in water for re-use so the girls don't get infections. These menstruation pads are very important for the girls who can now stay in school and complete their education giving the girls a greater chance of getting a job and earn their own money. "I will make a positive difference with what I can," says Kristine who has collected more than 60,000 crowns, and the campaign is not over yet.