With the support of GlobalGiving, RACOBAO is training a teacher with skills in making sanitary pads using local materials available in resource limited settings. This project has already supported young girls with sanitary pads aimed at avoiding absenteeism from school during their menstruation periods .The senior women are taught how to sew sanitary towels from available cloth materials which skills they are expected to pass over to young girls in their communities. The young girls will gain skills and capacity of making their own pads as a cost effective and sustainable strategy to maintain enrollment and retention of young girls in school. Without sanitary pads, young girls often get embarrassed when they soil their uniforms during their monthly period. This problem makes young girls hate and miss school which affects their performance. These pads are made from user friendly and easily accessible materials. The pads can be washed and used again almost instantly. This training has already started and we are hoping for a prosperous outcome. RACOBAO together with young girls are very grateful for the global giving funders for the work of keeping the vulnerable girls in school.
Evas Kyomukama and her family were supported with 4 goats in July 2012 after being identified by our Community Based Trainer that Evas was living a miserable life with a family of five children after the death of her beloved husband who passed away in 2010 of HIV/AIDS.
She is a widow and was living a miserable life with a small portion of land, and her children were not going to school, due to lack of scholastic materials, food and more to that she is on ARVS with her two small children.
Currently she said,” I praise the almighty God that I was lucky among the many people. Thanks goes to RACOBAO and their fund raisers from Global giving who always extend support to we poor ladies who did not believe that one time we would be happy. Life had become difficult to me due to lack of food and i had lost energy due to over working. I would offer labour in peoples gardens and get food for my family to eat which was done on a daily basis, and at the end of the day I would even fail to take my ARVS because we were taking a single meal per day which continued to weaken my life to work for my family but now my goats have manipulated and am able to sell some of them to buy some of the household necessities that can sustain the home, I have been able to buy scholastic materials for my children and they are now in school, we are now able to get some food and as well as taking my tablets in time with the children because we have some food to eat.” Thanks to RACOBAO and GlobalGiving too.
Really people do appreciate the work global giving is doing for them.
"Those pupils who have facilities during their periods are always attending classes even when they are experiencing their monthly periods. We are working very hard to keep sanitation improved at our school by providing water facilities and clean washing facilities for our girls. This makes Kaliiro primary school, girl friendly, thus reducing the level of absenteeism for the girl child”. Said Fred Musimenta; the head teacher of one of the schools where the sanitary pad project is being implemented. This was said when RACOBAO had taken sanitary for the children. Thanks to GlobalGiving for enabling us reach this far