This project is training girls, boys, women and men to sew sanitary pads, it has already trained 533 people (208 Women, 199 Girls, 54 Men and 72 Boys) to make hygienic reusable sanitary pads using terrycloth, poplin cloth, fine polythene and Velcro. The programme also works to dismantle menstruation stigma by holding menstrual sensitization training in communities, as well as discussions with school authorities, parents and church leaders about the need for safe places for girls to change pads
School girls are afraid to ask for pads from their parents and are so fearful of bleeding through, so they skip school. Many girls are pressured to find boyfriends whom they can freely ask to buy them pads,in this community girls are not allowed to ask for pads from male parents(myth). Boyfriends provide pads in exchange for sex which leads to HIV spread and early pregnancies thus keeping girls out of school.Many schools and churches don't have clean and safe places for changing pads
This project will provide all year round training to communities on how to sew sanitary pads, it will provide menstrual hygiene training, pain relief tablets at schools, it will build the capacity of those trained earlier and enable them to access better equipment and markets for their product
Menstrual hygiene Education, provision of pain relief and adequate sanitary facilities at school would improve the schooling experience of rural school going girls in Uganda.There is already an improvement in school attendance among menstruating girls in trained communities,absenteeism during menstruation is now significantly lower at 25% as compared to 68% before the training
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).