Peoples Association for Rural Development Serere plans to train 1500 poor adolescent girls in 10 schools unable to buy expensive factory made sanitary pads to make reusable sanitary pads to enable girls have sustainable access to effective, low-cost menstrual hygiene sanitary pads The project supports rural girls in Eastern Uganda, with skills and materials to make reusable sanitary pads and knowledge to manage menstrual hygiene to keep them in school thus improving their academic performance.
More girls enroll at school under Universal Primary Education in lower classes according to ministry of education. However poor adolescent girls, menstrual hygiene management is a major problem affecting their retention and academic performance. Girls are marginalized due to barriers to menstrual hygiene management, schools don't have necessary menstrual facilities, supplies and knowledge to support 1500 girls during menstruation, neither can they afford expensive factory made sanitary pads.
PARDS provides materials and skills necessary for making reusable sanitary pads, sensitize girls on menstrual hygiene management and construct washrooms/change rooms to provide privacy for 1500 poor adolescent girls enrolled at school. The girls are trained to make reusable sanitary pads, provided with first aid kits and change uniforms to support them during menstruation. The girls will be encouraged to share and pass these knowledge to their peers.
The project will equip and empower 1500 adolescent girls at school with knowledge on making reusable sanitary pads, menstrual hygiene management, change rooms & uniforms and first aid kits, which will enhance and sustain their access to sanitary pads to provide girls convenience to stay in school and improve their academic performance.