Dreams of the Tropical Youth Uganda (DROTY) will train 600 needy and vulnerable adolescent girls in rural Uganda (Kyotera) with the skills they need to make their own reusable sanitary pads. We will also educate school leaders on how to debunk myths that stigmatize menstruation, which will empower young girls to gain confidence and remove the shame of menstruation.
The stigma of menstruation and the lack of education and health services provided makes life extremely difficult for young girls in rural Uganda. During their cycles, women and young girls are considered "dirty" and "impure", and many dangerous myths about them persist. They also lack the services they desperately need to help them cope with the physical and psychological effects of menstruation, such as materials for managing menstrual hygiene, separate toilet facilities and even privacy.
This project will provide young girls with the skills they need to create their own reusable and affordable sanitary pads. It will also provide them with adequate education to better understand menstruation and remove the stigma through counseling, reading materials, and personal hygiene orientations.
This project will educate 600 disadvantaged and vulnerable girls on Menstrual Health Management. They will learn how to create their own reusable sanitary pad, which will keep them healthy, confident and in school. It will also play a crucial role in debunking the many myths and untruths regarding menstruation.