Family and Friends,
The story of the little girl Josephine is one of the pathetic story many young girls nowadays undergo during their menstrual circle.
Josephine, 17, is a member of missionary Childhood association. She has lived in the camp since 2018 when her family was forced to flee their home in Kaduna after they came under attack during the Boko Haram insurgency. At the children’s charity day, she mentors younger children and passed on them her experiences about menstrual hygiene and the pathetic experience she undergone in her first menstrual circle.
According to her, “When I first had my monthly cycle, I did not know anything and what it's all about” she says. “I was afraid seeing blood flowing from my private part at my early 12 years of age. I was afraid to tell my mum. It was one early morning I woke up only to see the bedsheet covered with blood, it was then my mother knew and before then I've been hiding my experience from her for two days because I was afraid of her beating.”
Josephine advised younger girls about what to expect when their period begins and gives simple instructions on how to deal with it. “When you wake up in the morning and realise that your monthly cycle has begun, take a shower and put on clean knickers and pads,” she says.
A girl-child needs to be mentored and taught the proper values that will improve her self worth. A girl child needs to be provided for, cared for, cherished and loved. A girl-child needs to be affirmed repeatedly that she is priceless. Parents, care-givers, governments and the society at large owe her these.
The goal of Give 500 girl-child pad in rural communities in lagos, a project on GlobalGiving is to train over 500 young child on menstrual hygiene, survival culture and providing free sanitary pads for the girl-child. Your donation can make a difference in the life of a girl-child by providing them with necessary personal hygiene and sanitary pad. Did you know that for just $10, #GlobalGiving can help break down stigmas surrounding menstrual hygiene. Join us in this #littlebylittle campaign by donating $10 for every hour you (or a loved one) needed help in life. Menstrual challenge comes in all shapes and sizes, but one thing we have in common is that most of us have undergone such situations and successfully come out of it. Let’s give them sense of assurance and are in good hand, too.”