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.
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.
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.
"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
Daphine Nandowoza is a 14 year old girl who goes to Turyagenda Foundation primary school in Lyantonde District. Daphine is in Primary five and always missed school whenever it came to her menstruation periods due to lack of what to use and the fear of stigma from fellow students. This put her in lot of worries and the only solution was to miss lessons whenever she could be in periods. This has affects Daphine’s performance due to this psychological torture.
Daphine appreciated what RACOBAO did for her and in her own words managed to write a letter to our fundraisers on the Global giving website as per attached. She thanked so much Global giving to think about them as poor children who cannot raise even a single dollar to buy a sanitary pad. In the photo Daphine is the second on the left.
RACOBAO sends its sincere thanks to GlobalGiving for keeping such poor girls in school because whenever young girls experience such, they get worried and end up dropping out of schools.
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