Due to exorbitant prices for sanitary wear most rural girls and young women resort to using materials like leaves which exposes them to vaginal infections. Some girls even miss school for 5 days a month during their monthly period. The proposed project will provide a dignity pack to the girls which will contain 12 months' supply of sanitary pads, soap, a towel and at least 5 panties for at least 1000 poor adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24years from rural Matobo District in Zimbabwe.
Matobo district has a high poverty prevalence of 77.6%. Rural adolescent girls and young women miss school during their monthly period due to lack of proper sanitary wear which is expensive. A packet costs $1.50 or more. This in turn affects the girls' school attendance, performance and confidence levels. The poor girls resort to using unsafe material like cow dung, rags, leaves and newspapers among many others which put them at a risk of vaginal infections and cervical cancer in the long run.
This program will ensure that at least 1000 adolescent girls and young women aged 10 to 24 years from rural Matobo do not miss school during their monthly period. This will be achieved through the provision of proper sanitary pads. This in turn will reduce their risk to vaginal infections and cervical cancer. They will be provided with a dignity pack which also contains a towel, soap and panties. They will also be taught on menstrual hygiene so as to be able to use the sanitary pads properly.
The girls will attend school regularly and this will result in improved school performance. Education is central to well-being, economic development and for bringing changes in the quality of lives for people. Several studies have shown that an investment in girl's education in an investment to the family, community and nation (Adetunde and Akensina, 2008). This potential long term impact of this project is the improvement of the overall quality of life for the girls and their families.