Just before the closure of schools in early June 2021, Voice for Humanity Uganda has been conducting Menstrual Health education in schools to raise awareness and reduce stigma and teasing of girls by the boys. In Fuda primary school located in Boroli refugee settlement of Adjumani in Uganda, over 300 boys and girls were mobilised by the school on 24th of May 2021. After one hour of engagement with the pupils (boys and girls) on topics relating to body changes, boys and girls biological make, menstruation among others, the girls and boys appreciated the discussion in which most of the girls expressed that the discussion and involvement of boys in the discussion would now help reduce teasing of girls by the boys something which some girls said makes them absent from school when they are in their menstruation cycle. Boys also said, they now appreciate the value of menstruation in girls and will support girls as their own sisters and not tease or bully them again.
Going forward and due to the current total COVID 19 lock down in Uganda, the project team will be moving from house to house supporting the most vulnerable refugee girls with menstrual hygiene kits and educating them on menstrual hygiene best practices. These target girls will be identified through the refugee women leaders who know the most vulnerable girls in the community. The girls to be supported will mainly be child mothers, orphaned girls, seperated girls from family, Un Accompnaied Minors and those with disability. Also child survivors of forced marriages will be supported with menstrual health kits.
Gloria with her friends, all south Sudanese refugee girls studying at Fuda Primary school and now in their final year, aspire to become nurses and doctors so they can be able to go back to South Sudan to help many Women, girls and children suffering from diseases. With your kind support, we are helping this dream come true by supporting these girls with menstrual kits so they can concentrate on their studies with dignity even during their menstrual cycle. As these girls returned to school on Monday 18th January 2021 to prepare for their final exams due in March 2021, we were able to provide them with Sanitary Pads and basic Menstrual Hygiene practices so as to keep them in school, healthy and ensure they get good grades in their final exams. Thank you for your continued believe and support to the dreams of these girls.
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