The Menstrual Pads For Dignity Initiative seeks to provide hygiene education and free washable menstrual kits that will last three years to 500 needy girls in Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo the most deprived district in Ghana to curb the high rates of menstruation-related absenteeism among junior and senior high school girls thus impacting directly on the Millennium Development Goals MDG 3(gender equality) and keeping girls in school (MDG 2).
UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 menstruating African girls skip school four to five days per month or drop out completely.A girl absent from school due to menstruation for four days of every 28 day cycle loses 13 learning days, the equivalent to two weeks of learning, every school term.
In most deprived communities in Ghana,thousands of girls of school going age encounters this challenge and resort to the use of news papers,corn hobs and other crude methods in managing their menstruation.
The Menstrual Pads for Dignity Initiative seeks to provide 500 girls of school going age in Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo the most deprived district in Ghana whose parents cannot afford to buy them sanitary pads with a comfortable, hygienic,and cost-effective means of managing their menstruation.
Each beneficiary will be given a washable menstrual kits with four panties and six pads that can last for at least three years.
The project will curb the high rates of menstruation-related absenteeism among girls in their puberty from Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo by providing 500 needy girls with reusable sanitary pads that will enable them fulfill their academic potential by providing the protection they need to attend school during their menstruation thus impacting directly on the Millennium Development Goals MDG 3(gender equality) and keeping girls in school (MDG 2)
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