Girls in Control of Menstruation.

Harris Namutebi
Posted November 23, 2018 from Uganda

In Uganda, menstruation remains a subject hard to discuss by parents with their children. Today 23rd November 2018, in a move to raise awareness on menstruation under the campaign “Break the Silence, make periods normal for girls” we conducted our 2nd interschool Menstrual Health Management competitions.

This was an amazing experience as it did not only raise awareness about the subject but it:

·         Enabled children clearly communicate to parents that parents’ harshness affected pupils’ communication ability especially on sensitive issues of menstruation.

·         Parents overlooking their responsibility of providing menstrual information and materials left pupils at crossroads.

·         Parents noted that, they thought that school meetings were only about demanding for school dues, however these provided parents an opportunity to understand challenges their children encounter within schools

·         Lack of scholastic materials, sanitary materials and school uniforms discouraged many pupils from continuing with school.

·         Children noted that many parents postponed buying sanitary materials citing excuses of delayed salary payment and yet their menstrual cycle can’t be postponed making it hard for them to keep in school

·         Pupil absenteeism remains a challenge due to menstruation, since girls continue to lack sanitary materials.

All that said, for us at Network for Community Development (NCD) this was a great learning event for children in the communities we serve.

 

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Trine Angeline Sig
Nov 24, 2018
Nov 24, 2018

Dear Harris,

I am reaching out to you to explore ways of cooperation.

Real Relief is the manufacturer of two new innovations; Safepad® - a unique re-usable sanitary pad with a special antimicrobial treatment. Supertowel™ is a unique and innovative product that has the potential to offer clean, safe and bacteria-free hands after handwashing.

I hope we can explore ways of collaboration between our organisations,
Thanks for taking your time, Trine Angeline Sig, CEO Real Relief
Email: ts@realreliefway.com

Harris Namutebi
Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018

Dear Trine,
Let me follow this up with an email.
Harris

Jill Langhus
Nov 24, 2018
Nov 24, 2018

Hi Harris,

Thanks for sharing your update on the second round of your yearly competitions. I'm so glad you are educating and empowering these girls and the parents. I sincerely hope that the parents in this group will improve the lives of their daughters going forward since they are more aware now. Good job!

Hope you're having a great day!

Harris Namutebi
Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018

Hi Jill,
Thank you for the continued encouragement, together am sure we can continue to make a positive difference.
Harris

Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018

Hi Harris:-)

You're welcome. Yes, I think so, too. I hope your collaboration with Trine works out. Looking forward to hearing about it and what program(s) you develop next.

Harris Namutebi
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 28, 2018

Hi Jill,
Am positive that we will have a point of collaboration and we will keep you our sisters updated.
Harris

Jill Langhus
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 28, 2018

Awesome:-) Sounds great!!!

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 25, 2018
Nov 25, 2018

Hi Harris,

Wow! The photo speaks volumes, how terrific to see that all these girls have been able to meet you, have your encouragement and make this list of what needs to change. How brilliant to hold an interschool Menstrual Health Management competition. Big congratulations. I am sure their lives have changed.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Harris Namutebi
Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018

Thanks Tam,
Every day is a learning event for us and I truly believe that every small contribution makes a positive difference in the lives of the children in the communities we serve.
in sisterhood
Harris