Project #10683

Give sanitary pads and keep young girls in school

by Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

Thanks a lot to all global giving fundraisers for the effort done in keeping these young girls in schools.

As the project is stilling moving on different schools have been visited and supported with sanitary towels to decrease girl dropout, absenteeism and bad performance. But the problem still persists due to high demand by different schools and the already supported schools.

Kabudabuda primary school is in Mpumudde Sub County, Kabudabuda P/S is among the schools that received sanitary towels to keep young girls in schools with the help of funds from global giving. We had a chance of meeting their senior lady who narrated the problems affecting these young girls whenever this time comes. The senior lady said, there is a decline in performance due to absenteeism from class every month due to the fear of being laughed at and being stigmatized by fellow children most especially boys leading to bad performance by girls, some girls drop out from school leading to early marriages because their parents might think they are mature enough and some tend to keep in bushes because they lack what to use since the school cannot afford providing them. It was a sad moment because few girls were found in classes compared to the number of girls registered by the school. Though we provided the girls with the sanitary towels, we also attached our trainer to go ahead and do a training in making washable sanitary towels which is to be done as soon as possible.

Great thanks to all that make this contribution to the project.


RACOBAO together with GlobalGiving have contributed a lot to the improvement of girl child attendance in schools through providing sanitary pads and also improving their hygiene and girls presence at school without being absent. Teachers consulted went ahead and said through different trainings and sanitary pads provided to these young girls at least this term the school register attendance of our girls has greatly improved and this has greatly contributed their performance in class.

This has happened in the schools that have been reached though a number of schools are demanding for this support because girls are of a high fear of being stigmatized by their fellow children during this period and there is need for promotion of hygiene because no one should admire being with a sustain of blood on her uniform whenever this period reaches.

Girl’s attendance in school has greatly changed after a strong struggle. Great thanks to all global giving fundraisers for keeping these young girls in school.

Kabatema Children
Kabatema Children

RACOBAO together with the district officials visited Kabatema Primary School its area of operation to discover the decline of children’s performance , but it was resolved that absenteeism of girls every month due to luck of sanitary pads led to bad performance and children dropping out of school.
RACOBAO with support from GlobalGiving managed to support these girls with sanity pads to promote their hygiene and a senior lady was also put on a training to learn how to make washable sanitary pads and later the training to be transferred to these young girls in order to avoid absenteeism and also improve their performance in class than boys.
It was comprehended that the percentage of boys in the school was higher than that of girls due to school dropouts to avoid being stigmatized and forced marriage by their guardians claiming that they were old to begin a family.
The few girls that were met and provided with these sanitary pads appreciated the work done by GlobalGiving fundraisers together with RACOBAO and also promised to invite others back to school after obtaining the training by their senior lady.

Childredn taking a lesson on how to use pads
Childredn taking a lesson on how to use pads

Girls in Lyakajura primary school are among the girls that are benefiting from the saninitary pad project funded by global giving. The project seeks to supports vulnerable girls with sanitary towels.

“There was a lot of absenteeism of girls due to poor hygiene and leading to poor performance in class and girls dropping out of school due to the fear of being stigmatized by fellow children,” says Mr, Mugume James ; the teacher. But through the distribution of sanitary pads to young girls in Lwakajura Primary school, this has greatly reduced absenteeism and also improved girl’s participation both in class and school activities.

RACOBAO visited lyakajura Primary school by the beginning of this year 214 when it secured funds from global giving and found when the population of boys was higher than that of girls. This scared RACOBAO staff who had gone for other project activities and where told that due to lack of what to use during their menstrual period by these girls, this has greatly promoted absenteeism that even some girls tend to hide in bushes without reaching school and others decided to drop out of school due to lack of what to use as the only defense.
RACOBAO encouraged teachers to talk to parents about the proper hygiene and sanitation. They also encouraged the school to scale up her sanitary facilities to support the education of the girl child.

RACOBAO will support one of the teachers to train these girls how to make washable sanitary pads to improve on their hygiene other than using the ones that are being bought from the shop which are so costly to afford.
The head teacher thanked a lot RACOBAO together with Global giving fundraisers for the chance their giving to the young girls and the opportunity to education.

We are grateful to global giving for supporting RACOBAO to reach this far.

Young girls from Kempega P/S
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.


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Rakai Community Based AIDS Organization

Location: Lyantonde, NA - Uganda
Project Leader:
Stephen Ssenkima
Lyantonde, Uganda

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