The appearance of a girl’s menstrual period should be something that every girl should look out for since it comes to confirm womanhood and ability to have children but is not so for many girls in most rural parts of Ghana, the orphanage and poor homes.
These girls miss 5days of school every month because they can’t afford to buy sanitary towels to help hold the blood, they therefore resort to other means which is unhygienic bringing them lot of reproductive health issues like urinary tract infection and cervical cancer. Some of these girls uses old cloths, maize cobs, tissue paper, exercise books etc. which can’t hold the blood thereby making them soil themselves.
The fear of getting their clothes soil deter them from attending school for fear of their friends knowing that they are menstruating especially their male counterparts. This makes them unproductive since they can neither go to school nor go out of their homes.
This five days of no school makes it difficult for these girls to concentrate and match up to their other colleagues especially the males since they don’t get to learn or hear their teachers teach topics needed for a particular level. This lacking frustrate some of these girls to drop out of school.
As part of our quest to “Make Every Life Count” SFLIG is giving out sanitary towels to girls in the orphanages and selected communities at the beginning of every semester so they can stay focus, get their confidence built and for them to stand up to their male classmates academically.
We therefore seek support from individuals and groups to support our sanitary pad campaign and together we can have a sustainable future for girls.
$1 can buy a pack for sanitary towel for a girl for a month and $5 can help keep a girl in school for a whole semester.
Volunteering with us mean that you are donating into our “pad bank” to help us curb girls’ absenteeism in school during that time of the month.