Periods don't stop for pandemics. Women and girls have no knowledge of menstruation or their sexual reproductive health. There are many myths and taboos. There is no access to sanitary pads, clean water, handwashing facilities, or latrines. Girls miss school every month, fall behind, and often don't complete their education. Girls are then more likely to marry young, be susceptible to FGM, and teen pregnancy. Women are affected by the stigmatization and without education are limited.
We provide essential materials for menstrual health and hygiene, regular access to reusable sanitary pads, the ability for a girl to learn about her body and how to take care of it, access to clean, safe water, latrines, and handwashing facilities. We train community-based Ambassadors who create awareness of menstrual health in their communities, they pass on their training, knowledge, and skills to men and women on sexual health, menstruation and offer an alternative Rite of Passage to FGM.
Our Menstrual Health programme enables more girls to complete formal education and become more likely to enter the workforce, encouraging independent financial resources and economic empowerment. As women and girls take control of their own Menstrual health management, it creates an enabling environment contributing toward the elimination of violence against women, increased understanding of their human rights, and provide alternatives to early childhood marriage. Breaking the poverty cycle.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).