HOCIC under the GlobalGiving platform is implementing an initiative called “Access to sanitary wear for 1000 girls”. This project seeks to ensure that 1000 girls and young women aged between 10 and 24 years do not miss out on school during their monthly menstrual period.
The project targets Matobo District in Matabeleland South Region but due to the immediate need to address menstrual poverty across all HOCIC areas of operation, the project is now targeting the whole of Matabeleland region where HOCIC is implementing its projects.
Distribution of sanitary wear to young women and girls has the primary objective of reducing the risk of vaginal infections and cervical cancer amongst young women. The long term impact of the program is to increase school retention and reduce effects of period poverty.
The distribution package at any given time contains two packets of disposable sanitary pads, five panties and a bar of washing soap, or six reusable pads (two maxi, two medium and two small pads), a bag to store the clean pads, five panties and or a bar of soap.
Apart from the dignity packs distributions, young women and girls are taught basic menstrual hygiene so as to equip them on proper use the sanitary wear.
During the last quarter, the team managed to distribute the following :
- 100 packs of Sanitary wear
- 250 panties
- 50 Bars of Soap
A total of 50 young women and girls were presentes with the dignity packs with each hirl/young woman getting 2 packets of sanitary wear, 5 panties and 1 bar of soap.
Refresher training was conducted to these young women before they were presented with dignity packs. Topics included the following :
1. Presentation on how to minimize the risk of cervical cancer
2. Awareness raising on cervical cancer screening during the Women’s Month.
3.Women were encouraged to come up with solidarity statements on women on the 8th of March focusing on this year's theme:
“DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”
1.Limited resources to match the need on the ground, only 50 young women and girls were reached
2.Minimum funds to cater for fuel to travel to the areas of operation for distribution.
3.Hold more fundraising platforms /social functions to raise funds.
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