Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda

by Uganda Youth Skills Training Organisation
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda
Distributing menstrual products to community girls
Distributing menstrual products to community girls

Relaxing on the mission due to an interruption is common to most of the mission bearers. Our project " Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda" like any other projects affected by the pandemic, it has been the victim. The pandemic affected our project, not only in resource mobilization but also to the beneficiaries. Schools have been off functioning in spite of lifting the lockdown.

Most girls that the project has been supporting have been displaced in different locations within the country but UYSTO still made some efforts to follow up those that stayed within their localities of origin. The lack of menstrual hygiene management material support has manifested many young girls not within only our areas of reach but the rest of the regions in Uganda getting unplanned, wanted both pregnancies and marriages.

The situation worsened and we decided to ask for UYSTO volunteer extra support alongside our friends from German “Kids Rights” to render awareness campaigns to the young people’s communities we target. The campaigns looked at domestic violence as result of unwanted and planned pregnancies, prevention, solutions and menstrual material support to girl child.

This was done alongside distribution of the sanitary pads to those that we could find in their communities. In spite of all the challenges, UYSTO still aims higher to fulfill its mission of supporting a menstrual hygiene management practices among the targeted girl child.

To our dear donors, this is the time that the project "Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda" most needs your anchorage. We know that the economies all over the world are affected but one by one makes a bundle, that one dollar you undermine, with someone's 1 dollar, keep the girl child in school, especially in this time when the country (Uganda) is looking at re-entry of the students to schools.  " a giving hand is the blessed hand" imagine supporting the girls to have a friendly learning environment with friendly personal menstrual hygiene management environment.

Join the drive and support a girl child to stay in school by donating to buy sanitary pads.

Post used during the campaigns
Post used during the campaigns
Interacting with children during campaigns
Interacting with children during campaigns
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Appreciation letter from Richard to you all donors
Appreciation letter from Richard to you all donors

 With great joy we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to GlobalGiving for the support you render to the poor Urban school going Girl Child in Kampala Uganda. Richard challenged us for sure with this kind of appreciation and following the pace this young boy has set, kindly accept our appreciation too.

The project benefits a good number of young girls at Namunggona Kigobe Primary School and UYSTO training centre.As the bible quotes that "It’s a blessing to give than to receive" UYSTO would like to bring to our attention the letter of appreciation from Richard a brother to one of the beneficiaries at Namunggona Kigobe primary school Kampala Uganda. Richard is a young boy who does not menstruate but gets concerned about the menstruation period among menstruators and all that surrounds the stage of growths.

Following the talk, we had with Richard, a pupil at Namunggona Kigobe Primary school, he mentioned that the first time he got to know of UYSTO support to his sisters, he didn’t not think it was actually true, not until he attended the distribution exercise of sanitary pads. Richard said that if” given a chance, I would extend a hand shake to whoever makes it possible for our sisters to receive pads"

As UYSTO fraternity we would like to extend our appreciation to our donors who make it possible for us to reach out to the vulnerable girl child. We have on the account $78 contributed for the coming sanitary pads distribution exercise but still, this is not enough, but thank you for your kind donationsin spite of the economies having suffered the pandemic blow, we are forever grateful. 

We request for more and more to reach out to more vulnerable girls still undergoing school , most especially in this era of the pandemic.

Be blessed.

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Project beneficiaries at Namungona Kigobe P.S
Project beneficiaries at Namungona Kigobe P.S

"It was one day, when the bad news of the lockdown clocked into our ears while at school, the schools are closing, this sounded like a joke, true to us as children, we could not believe it, but for sure it happened." Daphine our programs Assistant at UYSTO quoted Sarah saying.

In our last sanitary pads distribution event, I looked at these poor children with their innocence and rely got touched more, the pandemic has not only affected the economies of the world, but individually too, most specially the children and the women.

The situation looked worse with these girl's daily living life but nothing much that can be done without the intervention of the children activists, donors and the well-wishers. Thank you very much to all those who have managed to donate even in this economic crisis. The children through, Uganda Youth Skills Training Organization and GlobalGiving, do appreciate your support towards their well being.

During the distribution of the pads, we noticed other challenges, these included:

Using of the handkerchiefs as their masks, some came along with their parents also requesting for sanitary pads,masks,soap among others. This indicated to us that people are rely badly-off, need COVID-19 relief, looked like meeting the basic needs was something that could not be dreamt of soon.

Similarly, on the day of the sanitary pads distribution, we conducted a counselling session and we noticed a lot from these young girls, some were tricked into things like: I will be buying food, sanitary pads, masks to your family as this disease kills people without all those and you will be my girl friend, this is the only way you support your family as a girl. This put many girls into problems, as it was found out that some got pregnant through such tricks.

We were also able along side the distribution of sanitary pads, to distribute 5 masks to each girl who had come to pick the menstrual products. Help is seriously needed in all areas of relief. The analysis made from this, is that the period poverty is combining with survival poverty to cripple the success of humanity in life.

In this Covid, time, we have not only supported the girls with menstrual products but also involved them in some sports activities and sharing of other life experiences.The project was increased from 5o to 500 beneficiaries and this included in the UYSTO training centre teen girls as beneficieries too.

Girls sung the song, “long live UYSTO, GlobalGiving and Our beloved Donors, you rely matter a lot to us

UYSTO message to our donors, thank you very much for all that long you have trusted us to be the link to your support to the poor urban girl child in the Universal Primary Education in Uganda though us,Uganda Youth Skills Training Organization, friends of the humanity and source of opportunities.

Donation message: Children are back to school, they still need your support, kindly continue donating for the next distribution phase, which will take place in early December 2020.

UYSTO girl child friendly team..jpg
UYSTO girl child friendly team..jpg
Beneficiary of the project girl's football team
Beneficiary of the project girl's football team
UYSTO beneficiary teenager girls  photo
UYSTO beneficiary teenager girls photo
Girls sing, long live UYSTO, Global giving $donors
Girls sing, long live UYSTO, Global giving $donors
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Like any other way COVID-19 had affected the rest of the organizational programs, UYSTO too has been affected not only in the Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda but other projects like Vocational and entrepreneurship skills training and Period empowerment network projects.

It was 18th March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic locked was manifested which left everything in Uganda paralyzed, schools, ministries, public and private offices closed. It is from this time that our project Donate sanitary pads to 500 schoolgirls in Uganda also stopped and left everything in suspense.

The beneficiaries were based at a school, Namungona Kigobe primary school and we never had a chance to interact with them as there was no a prior warning to us that everything would-be put-on halt by then. It was a hijacking decision by His Excellency the President of Uganda to impose the lockdown and no way we could make the beneficiaries interact with us for COVID-19 lockdown holiday follow-ups. However, several individual calls have been made to us requesting for the support but due to everything being on standstill, has affected our meet up with those individual girls. As if this situation has not been enough, pupils have also got more other issues concerning economic situations experienced as a result of their guardians not having sources of income leading constants domestic violence that do not only affect the parents/guardians but the students too.

Three of the of students we have been supporting have got pregnant during COVID-19 and parents not able to look after them. all this worsened the girls'' situation that might result in other prolonged high levels of vulnerability. This is a challenging moment that we cannot be in a position to even reach out with counselling to them.

Our volunteer coordinator has started riding a bicycle reaching out with menstrual products we buying from funds fundraiser locally, each staff at UYSTO has agreed to offer $6 from their salaries to make sure that girls are provided with sanitary pads, this started with the month of May 2020.

GlobalGiving and our donors have taken long supporting us and if there is a way that our donors you can resume to donating, we request you to right away click the donation links and come for the support to these girls, it's in this situation of COVID-19 that we seriously need your extra support

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senior men naming parts of the reproductive system
senior men naming parts of the reproductive system

 

The year 2019 ended and with all our donors, we say bravo bravo for the great support you rendered to us for reaching out to the needy young people.

We rely appreciated your kind support to us when you accepted our proposal of helping the vulnerable young people and became the most kind humanitarians in handling issues that affect world future young generation for a better living. Your support through GlobalGiving, impacts the lives of the needy one in our areas of interventions.

We have through this project, acquired a project from European union, had it not been this project " Donate sanitary pads to 50 school girls in Uganda" it wouldn’t have been possible to have this project " PEN https://skillsforyouths.org/PERIOD-EmpowermentNetwork.html (Period Empowerment Network) . We have acquired more knowledge through this PEN project as its now adding a value to our services, not only to distribute the pads but also rich with information concerning Menstrual hygiene management and educating the beneficiaries on how best they can break the taboos, myths and stigma around menstruation.

We have also managed to train senior women of the beneficiary community, ( school ) such that the information concerning their children with menstruation is at their finger tips.

The project's impact has led to the best ranking of the school as among those in the neighboring schools due to meeting the girl child needs in menstruation hygiene.

Parents have also become responsible, previously parents have not been minding about their children, but our project working as model project, inspired other parents to provide sanitary pads and knowledge to their children in areas of managing their menses.

The project has also acquired a lot of visibility from other partners handling the same issues and this is leading to formation of youth menstrual management activist groups http://imkacdo-ug.org/  mentored by Uganda Youth Skills Training Organization.

Due to the involvement of boys, in the distribution of pads, a lot of sense of responsibility has grown towards being part of the menstruation process and its related issues.

The same project in 2020 has been transformed from reaching out to 50 girls to 500 girls under GG 2020 girl fund campaign, we still need your support in meeting your goals through us as your ambassadors of helping the needy ones.

Team acquiring MHM knowledge for beneficiaries
Team acquiring MHM knowledge for beneficiaries
varieties of menstrual material
varieties of menstrual material

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Uganda Youth Skills Training Organisation

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Maahe Bob
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Kampala, Uganda
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