In October 2020, we are scheduled to impart about 1000 young school age girls (age 8-18years) in rural villages on effective guidance counselling and how to take better control of their menstrual hygiene for optimum daily productivity.
This project will hold will Jobore Village, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State; Ila Orangun Community of Osun State and Ilaje of Ondo State.
The counseling that young girls in rural areas get, determines the strength of their ambition, self-worth and ability to reach for their dreams. These training sessions will also expose our beneficiaries to the best of opportunities for their educational and career development.
Robust guidance counselling sessions for 1000 girls in 3 villages in Ogun, Osun and Ondo states by our experienced team of professionals.
Training of the girls on production of homemade reusable sanitary towels for use to maintain personal and menstrual hygiene.
At least 500 million women and girls globally lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Inadequate WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities, particularly in public places, such as in schools, workplaces or health centers, can pose a major obstacle to women and girls.
The lack of separate toilets with doors that can be safely closed, or the unavailability of means to dispose of used sanitary pads and water to wash hands, means that women and girls face challenges in maintaining their menstrual hygiene in a private, safe and dignified manner.
A growing body of evidence shows that girls’ inability to manage their menstrual hygiene in schools, results in school absenteeism, which in turn, has severe economic costs on their lives and on the country.
Recent research from the WASH Poverty Diagnostics sheds a light on MHM issues in several countries and their impact on human development outcomes.
In Nigeria, for instance, 25 percent of women lack adequate privacy for defecation or menstrual hygiene management. In Bangladesh, only six percent of schools provide education on MHM, resulting in low knowledge of menstruation. In addition, over one-third of girls surveyed in this country claim that menstrual issues adversely affect their school performance. In Panama, school attendance of girls is also affected by lacking MHM in where girls in sixth grade are six to ten percentage points more likely to have missed at least one day of school during the past six months, compared to boys in the same grade or girls in lower grades.
When we educate girls about their bodies and its changes, we empower them to not only take care of themselves but to also feel more confident in doing so. When we empower the youth of our communities, we are creating positive change for the future.