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EMPOWER RURAL GIRL CHILD SANITARY PADS CAMPAIGN.

Support adolescent girls with sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene management skills and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS among in-school and out

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Female students face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation. For girls who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary towels as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year, meaning they fall behind in class and sometimes even drop out of school altogether. In addition this force them to go for men to get menstrual material which in a long run turn into sex exchange. This is an added challenge to the already existing problems that lead to the high dropout rate of female students in primary and secondary schools. The main problems faced by women and girls are: • The expense of commercial sanitary pads; • Absenteeism where girls stay at home rather than attending school when menstruating; • Unhygienic ways to dry menstrual materials; • Inadequate waste disposal facilities; • Lack of privacy for changing menstrual materials; • Leakage from poor-quality protection materials; • The lack of resources for washing such as soap; • Limited education about the facts of menstruation; • Limited access to counseling and guidance; • Fear caused by cultural myths; • Embarrassment and low self esteem; • And the unsupportive attitudes of some men.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

YOLE forum UG is raising funds to provide free sanitary pads to female students in Kabarole district. The Initiative will distribute the pads to girls in more than 100 schools, both primary and secondary schools. At the primary level, these will encompass girls from Class 5 to Class 7. The Initiative will organize trainings and question-and-answer sessions to give girls a forum to discuss related issues along with female teachers and other staff in the schools. This project will be on-going and is envisioned to address not only girls in Kabarole district but also those in other rural and arid areas starting with the western region.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Recognizing that girls from low income families which this project will focus on engage in transactional sex to get money for pads further predisposing them to higher likelihood of contracting HIV as they are not able to negotiate with their partners to use protection, the proposed activities will have direct impacts on up to 1500 girl’s exposure to risks such as early pregnancy, marriage and HIV AIDS given that the project will equally address issues of individual and communal behavior change with regard to adolescent sexuality, menstrual hygiene health and reproductive health rights issues. Additionally, issues of environmental conservation will be addressed as the problems posed by disposing the sanitary pads in schools will be a thing of the past.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Using the promotion and distribution of reusable pads as an entry point for engagement on wider issues related to menstrual hygiene and reproductive health, the project will also demonstrate how opportunities for contact with girls and communities on a specific issue can also be used to promote and develop wider action on issues that affect girls health status, access to quality education and the achievement of better education outcomes and will identify appropriate strategies for doing so.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Recognizing that girls from low income families which this project will focus on engage in transactional sex to get money for pads further predisposing them to higher likelihood of contracting HIV as they are not able to negotiate with their partners to use protection, the proposed activities will have direct impacts on up to 1500 girl’s exposure to risks such as early pregnancy, marriage and HIV AIDS given that the project will equally address issues of individual and communal behavior change w

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years
  • 5-7 years

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Female students face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation. For girls who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary towels as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year, meaning they fall behind in class and sometimes even drop out of school altogether.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Up to 1,500 girls from rural communities within Kabarole district schools will benefit from the project. The project will have an impact on health status of girls through improvement in the health status and personal hygiene of the girls as a result of using the reusable pads. This will be realized in the sense that girls will no longer have to use unhygienic materials like old pieces of cloth or old newspapers that most of them are currently using during their menses.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

district leadership eg DHO,DEO,DHE,CAO,LCV ,MPs, and many more like schools and our entire community

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Recognizing that girls from low income families which this project will focus on engage in transactional sex to get money for pads further predisposing them to higher likelihood of contracting HIV as they are not able to negotiate with their partners to use protection, the proposed activities will have direct impacts on up to 1500 girl’s exposure to risks such as early pregnancy, marriage and HIV AIDS given that the project will equally address issues of individual and communal behavior change w

Geographic Focus

uganda ,western ,kabarole ,fort portal

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Robert, Great initiative, a friend makes reusable sanitary pads from fabric scraps in her clothing business in Malawi, see here: http://www.mayamiko.org/feminine-hygiene-period-poverty.html
Let me know if you'd like more info.

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