This project will enable 500 refugee girls remain in school, improve on their academic grades and complete primary schooling by providing them with sanitary kits and menstrual hygiene education. Girls in their last year of primary school will be targeted helping to reduce school absenteeism among girls during periods and reduced risk of contracting hygiene related diseases like candida. 75% of refugee girls at Adjumani remain at home during periods while others drop out due to stigma.
Over 50% of menstruating refugee girls at Adjumani use torn pieces of cloth to experience periods while less than 30% regularly had access to and used sanitary pads. The rest use cotton wool, toilet paper tissue and used mattress sponge. This has resulted into; staining, itchy private parts, discomfort, and burning from the materials they use. 75% of these girls miss school during periods and others completely dropped out of school due to stigma.Others have contracted Candida and other UTIs.
Voice for Humanity Uganda will provide monthly supply of menstrual kits to the targeted girls over the 12 months period. They will be trained on the proper use and disposal of sanitary pads as well as basic menstrual hygiene best practices to remain healthy. The girls will be encouraged to share the acquired knowledge and skills with other fellow girls. School Senior Woman and Senior Man teachers will be used to carry out menstrual education for both girls and boys to reduce stigma.
The project will support 500 girls in their last year of primary schooling with monthly supply of menstrual kits and basic menstrual hygiene best practices. This will increase girls school enrollment, help the girls stay in school, gain self confidence, improve on their grades and complete their education. It will also improve on the girls health status