Help me end Menstrual Shame in my Village School
How a lack of sanitary towels reduces school attendance in my village
I need to change this to stop the use of chicken feathers, borrowed dried goat skin, old clothes or sand...
many girls in a school in my village next to my home have failed to keep it private after soiling their clothes because they have no means to buy proper sanitary wear such as pads, tampons, and panty pads.Not only is proper sanitary wear effective in preventing leakages of blood while menstruating, but it also prevents the odors that accompany menstruation.
Teenage secondary school pupil Rose imbumi said her parents were simple subsistence farmers who can not have enough money to buy sanitary pads that cost only$2.
“Most of the time I use cast-off pieces of old cloth the rest of the family no longer wish to wear, take feathers from chicken and put under my panty as pads but it is very painful because they prick me, sometimes i use dried goat skin or sit under a tree for soil to absorb the blood.I do not feel very comfortable using this as sanitary wear because even during exams i have to stand while doing the exam so as not to soil my dress with blood but even when standing I'm scared that the piece of cloth might fall off and I can become very embarrassed.If im told to choose between food or sanitary towels I would choose sanitary towels” narrated rose with tears filled in her eyes.
During my visit to the school, the teacher explained the problems faced by poor school girls who could not afford sanitary wear, adding that at times they avoided attending classes for fear of spoiling their uniforms and getting booed by the boys and also some young girls were using leaves and maize cobs or stalks to block the free flow of blood.
“You also ask yourself that when someone is using a maize cob — how they use it. It means they will use it as a tampon and insert it into their private parts. It has rough edges and the private parts have delicate flesh. I am using such graphic descriptions so that we can visualize the problems that students go through with their menstrual cycles,” the teacher explained.
A packet of double pads will cost $2I would like to purchase 13,000 pieces of sanitary pads to take to the school and let all girls be given free every time they need them.
Lack of proper sanitary wear and moist environments during menstrual cycles by women can be breeding ground for bacteria, yeast infections, irritation and other gynecological diseases if they use improper and unhealthy sanitary wear.All these diseases and the general discomfort that a woman experiences during her menstrual period can be prevented if she uses the right products and maintains proper hygiene.
please help a kid, sister, daughter and future mother out and join me to achieve this.