Supporting girls with sanitary pads in Sierra Leone

Elizabeth Brewah
Posted December 17, 2019 from Sierra Leone

The need. In Sierra Leone, menstruation is a significant barrier to education. In our schools, 20% of girls who have started their periods miss school when they are menstruating. Menstruation and menstrual hygiene is not talked about to girls in Sierra Leone, so many are surprised and afraid when they start their periods, and have no supplies to manage it. In our schools, 93% of girls who have started their periods did not know what menstruation was before they had their first period.

Why it’s important. Research by UNICEF and other international organizations shows very strongly that the positive economic impact of educating girls is profound for communities in developing countries like Sierra Leone. Providing menstrual hygiene tools and reproductive health education is a direct way to keep girls in school and support their healthy growth and development.

What we are doing. Good Deeds Day Sierra Leone conducts reproductive health education with girls and boys in schools across the country and we do this through the support of I SUPPORT THE GIRLS in the US, and distributes Days for Girls menstruation kits to girls who have started their periods.

 

This year 2019 has been very challenging in receiving the shipment from I SUPPORT THE GIRLS as they do the donation but don't ship to us here in Freetown. We have been asking friends and family members to help us, but this year, non of those who have been help us traveled back home for holidays. We are thus looking for partnership in education and support in shipping for us the menstrual kits donated to us. 

This story was submitted in response to Supporting Our Girls.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Hello Elizabeth,

How are you doing, dear? Are you doing a fundraiser for this? Thanks for sharing your stats and work. I hope you get the funds you need to receive the kits to help these girls that are missing out on school. You may want to consider in the future collaborating with sister, Seema, who has developed an environmentally and price-friendly menstruation cup for girls and women to use. This is her profile, in case you would like to read it and reach out to her. I know she is already collaborating with other women in Africa.
https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/seemakhandale/posts/92299

Let me know what you think, and good luck with receiving your funds.

XX

Elizabeth Brewah
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Hi Jill,thank you so much for the encouraging words you always send on my post. I am inspired by you greatly.

I will like to reach out to her and see how we can work together in helping out the more girls. I will also check out the link. This platform is really amazing.

Jill Langhus
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Hi there:-)

You're very welcome! Aw, thank you! I'm inspired by you, dear:-)

Yay! Let me know how it goes. She's so lovely and approachable, too!

Yes, it is:-)

Hope you have a great day and weekend!

lizzymark
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Hi name sake,this is a great support for the girl child and for her education in sieria Leone.This is really a need for the girl and thankful you are doing it,I hope you get the support you need to do more. But I also think you can raise support from within that is in your country so that you don't have to wait for the shipping and it delays or don't come.Thanks for shearing

Elizabeth Brewah
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

My Lizzy,we are special people. I am happy to cross paths with. With regards raising local funds or support,I am working on it as well but it's slow and the quantity we need to help monthly in each school is hardly reached but I can't relent.

Thanks once more for reaching out.

lizzymark
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

With all pleasure sis,we will keep on until we reach our goal

Elizabeth Brewah
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

That's the spirit my sister.

Wusufor
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Its really a great initiatives my dear Elizabeth. Keep up the great work, Surely.
Hope you are doing very well.
Thanks

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Hello, Elizabeth,

This is a good cause you are doing. Unfortunately, funding is quite challenging these days. I know that because I used to work in the development sector, and I’ve know a lot of non-government organizations closed up due to funding.

I do hope you can connect with donors who could commit to your projects for years.

Thank you for sharing!

Anita Shrestha
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you

Beth Lacey
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Good luck with your initiative

Dr Jackie
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hi Elizabeth,
I am pleased to know that SL has emerging leaders like you who are ready to go any lengths to ensure that the unmet needs of our girls are effectively met! Wishing all the best in your endevors

Cheers

Jackie