GIFT - A- PAD CAMPAIGN IN NIGERIA

Austina
Posted May 9, 2017 from Nigeria

Girls of secondary school ages in my country fall between the age bracket of 11 to 16 years and these years are very critical as they are the years of puberty, where notable changes begin to take place in their bodies, primarily. One of these major changes is the monthly blood flow otherwise known as menstruation.

A recent survey I took which was prompted by a very heart-rending occurrence I witnessed in March this year, had stirred up a need for this campaign. I had witnessed a very sordid sight were a young girl I call LUCY (not her real name) had alighted from a commercial motorcycle, only for the piece of clothe she had used for her flow to drop off in the full glare of people at the bus stop and other passers-by. I witnessed her shame and this shame I now find is the stark reality of one in four girls in Public Schools in Nigeria. These schools are predominantly attended by indigent children who oftentimes their parents cannot afford pads for.

I started this campaign in April 2017 with the hashtag #girlsmatter #Ideserveapad #giftapad on my Facebook page.

I used the crowd-sourcing knowledge I had acquired from The Advanced Digital Changemaking Course I attended on WorldPulse and was able to generate funds enough to place a month supply of sanitary pads in the hands of 192 girls at a public high school in my community.

From findings made, this that we have done is just a drop in the ocean, considering the lots of girls who are yet to be reached.

The Gift - A- Pad Campaign says every girl deserves Protective Appropriate Dressing (P.A.D) every month.

The Gift - A - Pad Campaign says sex is a choice, menstruation is not. If condoms are free, pads should be free too!

The Gift - A - Pad Campaign needs you!

Join the Gift - A - Pad Campaign by first spreading the hashtags #girlsmatter #giftapad and #Ideserveapad all over social media until governments in Nigeria and other third world countries legislates that pads should be free for all girls of secondary school age.

How to Get Involved

Join me on this campaign by spreading the hashtags

fund us with cash for the pads, contact us through okpograce@gmail.com

Like and share our activities on facebook.com/ifocusmovement

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Jill Langhus
May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017

Hi Austina. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and campaign. That's great that you were able to help those girls and that you are on a mission to help more. I will share your story on my social media. Good luck:)

Austina
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017

Dear Jlangus, 

Thank you so much for your encouragement. 

May our world get better,  one woman at a time! 

Rahmana Karuna
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017

Austina,

what can be said other than, YOU GO!!!! and pray girls receive what they need in this world. blessings

Aramide Oikelome
May 11, 2017
May 11, 2017

Dear Austina,

This is a powerful campaign that will cushion the pains of our adolescent girls!

You are doing so well already! I celebrate you!

In Sisterhood!

Aramide

Austina
May 12, 2017
May 12, 2017

Dear Sis Aramide,

Thank you for your encouragement and support. As you already know, so much more needs to be done. The Lord will help us all as we set out to leave a smile on His creation.

Blessings.

Austina
May 12, 2017
May 12, 2017

Dear Rahmana,

Thank you and thank you again. May our world get better, one woman at a time!

And may we all be strengthen for much more impact!

Blessings

libudsuroy
May 13, 2017
May 13, 2017

Hi, Austina. Your project is laudable, and should be replicated everywhere, specially in villages where poverty disallows young women from buying menstrual pads. It would also be good to see this project expand to include capacity-building for girls to learn self-care strategies and reproductive health care. Keep going, sister!

Terry Shiundu
May 14, 2017
May 14, 2017

Hallo Austina,

I cannot begin to imagine the shame and the pain that girl must have felt... my mouth was agape when i read that part of your story, yet this is the story of many girls. Kudos and thank you for taking initiative. You rock! May God bless you and the work of your hands. May this campaign get the attention of the right people in Nigeria and indeed bear much fruit for the girl child.

Blessings,

Austina
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017

Dear Terry,

Thank you so much. And I say a big Amen to your prayer!

May our world get better.

Blessings!

Austina
May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017

Dear Libudsuroy,

Yes, I believe it will get there and beyond, with the forces on our side!

Thank you so much. I appreciate your encouragement.

Blessings.