RACOBAO together with the district officials visited Kabatema Primary School its area of operation to discover the decline of children’s performance , but it was resolved that absenteeism of girls every month due to luck of sanitary pads led to bad performance and children dropping out of school.RACOBAO with support from GlobalGiving managed to support these girls with sanity pads to promote their hygiene and a senior lady was also put on a training to learn how to make washable sanitary pads and later the training to be transferred to these young girls in order to avoid absenteeism and also improve their performance in class than boys.It was comprehended that the percentage of boys in the school was higher than that of girls due to school dropouts to avoid being stigmatized and forced marriage by their guardians claiming that they were old to begin a family.The few girls that were met and provided with these sanitary pads appreciated the work done by GlobalGiving fundraisers together with RACOBAO and also promised to invite others back to school after obtaining the training by their senior lady.
A young, beautiful and healthy woman infected with HIV smiles as she tells her story about how she went from a state of always feeling weak and sick to what she is today. Her sad story changed to joy when she received goats with the project of empowering HIV positive women supported by RACOBAO together with global giving fundraisers.
Matilda lost hope after the death of his beloved husband that left them with nothing in order to earn a living. She narrates the difficulties she passes through while taking care of her children and persisting on the treatment that is effective. If the tablets are taken consistently at the same time every day without any earning and feeding the children too. If the treatment is not adhered to, the virus is given a chance to develop resistance to the drugs. This means that the drugs will become ineffective and the virus will start spreading in the body again all in all losing life and living the young ones desperate.
Matilda was given 4 goats early January 2014 and the two goats gave siblings whereby she managed to sell the old ones inorder to buy food and also contribute to the scholastic materials to maintain her children in school. The family’s situation is fairly good compared when we had our visit.
In general Matilda faces a number of challenges to realize a decent living condition and a bright future and she very grateful with the support she acquired from globalgiving fundraisers.
Girls in Lyakajura primary school are among the girls that are benefiting from the saninitary pad project funded by global giving. The project seeks to supports vulnerable girls with sanitary towels.
“There was a lot of absenteeism of girls due to poor hygiene and leading to poor performance in class and girls dropping out of school due to the fear of being stigmatized by fellow children,” says Mr, Mugume James ; the teacher. But through the distribution of sanitary pads to young girls in Lwakajura Primary school, this has greatly reduced absenteeism and also improved girl’s participation both in class and school activities.
RACOBAO visited lyakajura Primary school by the beginning of this year 214 when it secured funds from global giving and found when the population of boys was higher than that of girls. This scared RACOBAO staff who had gone for other project activities and where told that due to lack of what to use during their menstrual period by these girls, this has greatly promoted absenteeism that even some girls tend to hide in bushes without reaching school and others decided to drop out of school due to lack of what to use as the only defense. RACOBAO encouraged teachers to talk to parents about the proper hygiene and sanitation. They also encouraged the school to scale up her sanitary facilities to support the education of the girl child.
RACOBAO will support one of the teachers to train these girls how to make washable sanitary pads to improve on their hygiene other than using the ones that are being bought from the shop which are so costly to afford.The head teacher thanked a lot RACOBAO together with Global giving fundraisers for the chance their giving to the young girls and the opportunity to education.
We are grateful to global giving for supporting RACOBAO to reach this far.