This project will purchase materials and train teachers and girls in making re-usable pads to benefit over 2,000 vulnerable and marginalized girls from the rural and hard to reach schools ( 3 Primary& 3 Secondary) in Sironko district, in the Elgon sub-region of Uganda-Africa. Girls in upper primary and secondary schools miss out on education when they are in their menstrual periods and this affects performance at school and sometimes leads to drop out. This project will support girls education
Menstruation has become one of the leading contributors to school drop out among girls in Uganda. Many girls especially in rural Ugandan schools miss school and some eventually drop out because they cannot afford sanitary pads. A recent research-2019 by Build Africa revealed that 29.7% of adolescent girls miss a minimum of 4 days a cycle, which may include exam days, important class and presentations. Some lack panties and so the project will provide pads an panties to these vulnerable groups
-The project will purchase materials for making useable sanitary pads. 2 teachers and 2 student leaders from each school will be trained in a 2 days practical skills training of making pads. Male students too. Panties and soap will be bought for the very poor.The team will also be trained on soap making as an extra skill and this will serve as a means of income for the teams to sustain the project. The project will also sensitize male students on menstruation and how to support the girls.
The project will contribute to girls retention, completion and improved performance in academics of 2,000 girls since they will have sanitary pads that they can use and wash, no worries about leaks during menstruation. When girls stay in school longer they do not marry early and hence they are not faced with issues of teenage pregnancy, early marriage and the attendant problems. This will also contribute to development in those remote communities. The project will also serve as an IGA.