The Girl in ME- From Puberty to Woman

Doreen Bieri
Posted September 30, 2019 from Cameroon
Menstrual Education for Girls in hard to reach communities in Cameroon
Our menstrual education is combined with he production of the Doreen Eco-Friendly Washable Pads. click on the link to see more

 

 

Today I celebrate ME. I celebrate the the Girl child in Me. The Girl who had a pen but could not write, the girl who knew nothing before womanhood, the girl who lived in ignorance, and today the mother whose life is full of multiplicity.

I was never prepared before menarche which started at the age of 13. One early morning I went for a shower before living for school. I realised the water was coloured red. I washed this until the water got finished. I could not go out of the shower. I stayed there until it was time to go to school. My sister did not see me, so she came looking. She realised why I could not come out. My mum happily came to me and offered me a small packet with two small towels. My sister then told me to wear one of these towels in my pant before dressing up. I was reminded that any sexual activities now will lead to pregnancy. 

I felt ashamed, learnt how to use tissues, even stole some tissues. A few months latter this bleeding stopped. I was informed by my mother that I fully started the normal menstruation when I turned 14. Between then, I learnt from friends something about menstruation. I never knew the different phases, development of the ovaries, fertilisation, non-fertilisation and finally menstruation. 

I stand to empower THE GIRL IN ME because I see that girl in other girls. I see other girls living in very hard to reach communities in Cameroon with much pain. I see them use unclean, dirty, and unhygienic materials to manage their menstruation. Most of them don’t even know what menstruation is all about, when it starts, let to talk alone about having hygienic materials during menstruation. Menstruation, viewed as the onset of a human life is often neglected. I find it hard to just walk away for their problems. I want to bring their stories to the table and tell them to their world. The girl child and their needs have been neglected. 

In my capacity as the CEO and Founder of the Cho Ngafor Foundation,(www.cnfoundation.ch)  I spent two years  buying and supplying disposable pads to (238) girls in different hard to reach communities in Cameroon. In February 2019, I decide to look for  sustainable means to continus helping  these girls. So I learnt how to sew washable pads. The “Dorena Eco-friendly Washable Pads”.(https://www.facebook.com/doreen.bieri)

I seek to educate these girls on their sexual and reproductive health rights, by teaching them their emotional, physical, and cognitive changes in their bodies before, during and after menstruation, as well as providing them with the Dorena Eco-friendly Washable pads. These pads can be used for up to a year and above if given proper care. They will in turn learn to produce these pads and support other girls in their communities. 

I am open to welcome everyone one this journey. Join me as we fight har to support THE GIRL IN ME:

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Anita Shrestha
Sep 30
Sep 30

Dear DOREEN
Welcome to you in world pulse. Thank you for sharing this writing. Keep it up continue.

Doreen Bieri
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks a lot.

Tarke Edith
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hello Doreen
What a nice and perfect job you are doing there sister.
You know dear taking care of our children during this important period in their lives is very important. I love you passion and will really wish to meet you.l live in Bamenda and where are you sis?l am really impressed with your foundation . thanks for sharing this with us..
Have a great day dear. My number is
670255118.

Doreen Bieri
Oct 02
Oct 02

thanks a lot my Dear will keep in touch. I will get in touch.
thanks a lot Dear
Doreen

maeann
Sep 30
Sep 30

Hi Doreen,

Keep it up as you reach more girls to continue to educate them on their sexual and reproductive health rights.

Kudos to your organization.

Doreen Bieri
Oct 02
Oct 02

Dear Maeann

Thanks a lot. I will do that. There is the need. thanks for following up our work on www.cnfoundation.ch or on Facebook

Greeting
Doreen

Hello, Doreen,

Welcome to World Pulse! It is such a joy that a new voice from Cameroon is rising up and joining us to our growing sisterhood.

We celebrate the GIRL in YOU, too, and your GIRL IN ME organization. That is a great project! You may want to add your story here https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/menstruation-matters. You can also read stories from our sisters who share their menstrual experiences and advocacies. I hope you can connect with them, too. :)

Looking forward to reading more from your work! Thank you for sharing!

Doreen Bieri
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks a lot. Keep me posted on more information about this. I clicked on the link and found very useful information and a lot of people doing a lot.
Greeting form my end.
Stay in touch
Doreen

You're welcome, sister. Yes, I hope you can connect with them, too. :) I will. Please on posting about your activities here.
Hope you have a great day!

Doreen Bieri
Oct 12
Oct 12

sure. Karen. I am will.

Great! Looking forward to reading more. :)

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello Dear Doreen,

How are you doing, dear? Thanks for sharing your celebratory story of you and your success thus far:-) I'm glad you're celebrating you. It's wonderful what you're doing for girls and I'm super impressed that you sought out a sustainable option, too. It's so needed right now.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great week!

XX

Doreen Bieri
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello Jill

Thanks a lot.
Greeting for end

Doreen

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello Doreen:-)

You're very welcome, dear!!

XX

Trine Angeline Sig
Oct 10
Oct 10

Dear Doreen, thanks for sharing - I am interested in exploring ways of cooperation :-)
Happy International Day of the girls.
Trine Sig, CEO Real Relief

Doreen Bieri
Oct 12
Oct 12

Greeting Trine
I cannot wait to have you come along with me in Cameroon. It might be a long road to plan but a dream I wish to realise one day.
I will be sharing our success story worth he girls. A School of 843 children. on that day 13 girls were very happy to receive our Washable pads. Coincidentally they were menstruating. So nice to serve them then.