Young girls from Kempega P/S
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.