Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

RACOBAO exists to empower communities affected by HIV/AIDS and those at risk to respond to the causes and consequences of the scourge.
Nov 25, 2013

Sanitary pads improves hygiene in young girls

Young girls from Kempega P/S
Young girls from Kempega P/S

Dear Global Giving Donors,

 

            Thank you for all of your donations going towards supplying sanitary pads for young girls! Since we are still doing a survey in schools we had to go back in our former school in order to pick the best impact in this project of keeping young girls in school and the teacher is also still going under training of five months which knowledge will be spread to these young girls next year by March in order to learn how to make washable sanitary pads. We were able to supply 20 packets of sanitary pads to girls at St. BalikudembeKempega Primary School. These pads help to keep young girls at school who usually miss class or drop out of school due to lack of sanitary materials.

            Often times, when girls go through their menstruation periods they resort to using old cloths in place of sanitary pads. This has a number of side effects on their education. Many girls will miss school during their periods due to embarrassment from their fellow students. Those who attend school often have trouble concentrating on lessons because they are always focused on changing the cloths and worrying about leakage. The girls usually have to bring several cloths with them to change throughout the day, and they often carry the used ones in a bag with them all day so that their fellow students do not find them. Using cloths can often lead to urinary tract infections or irritation, which sometimes results in a painful rash. All of these factors lead to high rates of school dropout for young girls, which can result in girls seeking income through transactional sex because they lack education to acquire a job. This causes increased rates of HIV/AIDS andearly pregnancy, which affects the community as a whole.

            When girls are supplied with sanitary pads, they are able to attend school during their menstruation periods. They can use fewer pads than cloths to protect them during the day and they are less worried about leakage. The pads make them less susceptible to irritation and disease and allow them to participate in sports and other physical activities. When they attend school, they are able to concentrate in their lessons and are more likely to pass their exams. This also helps them to gain confidence in school and to learn the potential they have. When more girls receive an education, the community at large also experiences benefits. Girls are more likely to consider responsible family planning, safe sexual practices, and to participate in building a safer and healthier society.

 

RACOBAO sends its sincere thanks to all those that spare the little they have to keep these young girls in school.

Oct 14, 2013

Evas' Life continues to change

Evas and her family
Evas and her family

Evas greatly thanks all the global giving fundraisers who are keeping their life in existence.

Evas kyomukama, a beneficiary of the Empower 300 HIV positive women with goats in Uganda has sold off 2 goats and used the money to construct a toilet for her family. Evas has extremely succeeded in managing goats. Evas skills in managing goats has enabled her herd of goats to grow up to 13 goats. She has a family where there are two children on Anti Retroviral treatment (ARVS) and therefore, her expenses on health care are always high with limited sources on income.  In her words again,” Am happy that I have a toilet for my family. This has reduced on the ill health of my family members which used to affect my children s health due to poor hygiene caused by lack of a toilet.”

We greatly honour global giving and its back donors for supporting RACOBAO reach this far. Thank you very very much.   

 

Evas toilet under construction
Evas toilet under construction
Aug 23, 2013

RACOBAO supports senior woman teacher

Young girls with the pads they received
Young girls with the pads they received

RACOBAO supports senior woman teacher with training in making Sanitary Towels.

With support from Globalgiving, RACOBAO is continuing to train Prossy a senior woman teacher at Kempega Primary School in Lyantonde district. Prossy is undergoing an eight months apprenticeship training aimed at equipping her with skills in making sanitary towels using locally available materials. This project has so far supported 25 vulnerable girls with sanitary pads and the monitoring is still going ahead.

Ms. Nakawesi Berna the head teacher of Kampega Primary School appreciates the support from RACOBAO which has led to a significant improvement in the young girls’ school attendance ever since they started receiving the sanitary pads. Prossy is expected to start imparting the acquired skills to the vulnerable girls.

RACOBAO is very grateful for the support from Globalgiving that has enabled the project to reach this far.

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