The project seeks to address school drop-out among rural girls in T/A Mwambo in Zomba district due to menstruation. the project will support 300 primary and secondary school girls with one change room and distribution of reusable sanitary pads to allow them remain in school and achieve academic excellence Limited access to sanitary towels affects the physical, social and mental well-being of adolescent girls. The project will therefore produce and distribute 1000 reusable fem-pads to 300 girls
School drop-out increases at an alarming rate in T/A Mwambo in Zomba district among girls due to menstruation. School drop-out among girls in Malawi is estimated at 67% partly due to missed classes because the girls do not have proper solution for their menstruation. Limited access to sanitary towels affects the physical, social and mental well-being of adolescent girls. A lot of girls miss schools because they cannot afford sanitary towels due to poverty. This project will support 300 girls.
The project will construct a girls sanitary bathroom (change room) at one community day secondary school which does not have boarding facilities, where girls will change their reusable fem pads while at school, provide 1000 reusable fem pads for free to 300 rural poor girls, hold engagement meetings between parents, mother groups, teachers and VDCs/ADCs (development committees) to increase parents knowledge on girls rights.
The project will support 300 girls with reusable fem pads allowing them to remain in school during their menstrual period and improve their performance in class. The project will also Increase girls enrollment and retention in schools and increase number of girls attending secondary and tertiary education. The project will also reduce number of child marriages and early pregnancies as girls will spend a long time in school allowing them to enjoy their right to education and become self reliant.