MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

LYNNET
Posted May 25, 2021 from Kenya
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My name is Lynnet Wawira, Founder of THE UMUNDU ARTIVISM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION geared towards the eradication of gender-based violence, creating mental health awareness, and advocating for safe periods.

                      “Anything you can do I can do it Bleeding.” 

It is rather unfortunate that learning has to stop for some girls when receiving their monthly period. As Umundu Artivism we believe that periods are flowers that symbolize the beauty of being born a woman. We conduct menstrual hygiene campaigns among teenage girls solely because despite lacking access to sanitary towels, some have insufficient knowledge on how to maintain proper hygiene during their periods leading to the contraction of infections. In the company of public health officers in Runyenjes Sub-County-Kenya, we educate young girls on how to properly wear and dispose of sanitary towels after use. We educate them on how to clean up during their periods and how important it is to change their inner-wear. 

With contributions from members of the organization and well-wishers, we provide dignity kits to our beneficiaries comprising of sanitary towels, toilet papers, an inner pant, a face towel, and a bar of sunlight soap for general body hygiene.

Our goal is to keep our girls in school covered, happy, and healthy. #MenstruationMatters

 

To visit our website, click on this link: THE UMUNDU ARTIVISM CBO

Reach out to us via email [email protected]        

 

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Jill Langhus
May 26
May 26

Hi Lynnet,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing your great work and initiative. You’ve come to the right place...you’re among other trailblazers on similar, important missions. Are your pads reusable?

FYI, I’m following your page on Twitter now, but couldn’t get the FB link to work.

Looking forward to seeing more posts about you and your NGO.

LYNNET
May 27
May 27

Hi Jill,
Thank you for following and appreciating what I do. Before issuing the sanitary towels I talk with my beneficiaries about what they are most comfortable with and most of them go for the reusable sanitary towels. We also have a small group that is using reusable pads.
Here are links to our website, Facebook, & Instagram accounts.
Website: https://theumunduartivism.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUmunduArtivism
Instagram (I post a lot on the AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE PAGE because it has more traffic); https://www.instagram.com/against_gbv/

Jill Langhus
May 28
May 28

Hello Lynnet,

You're very welcome. That makes sense. I'm just concerned about the global impact of so many non-reusable pads, is the reason why I asked. I hope that the reusable pads, and menstrual cups will continue become more mainstream, and comfortable for people to use.

Thanks for your FB link and Insta links. FYI, I still can't get the FB link to work. I'm not that active on Insta.

Hope you have a great weekend.

LYNNET
May 31
May 31

Hello, I hope this FB link works https://www.facebook.com/Against_gbv-1050848988435201

Jill Langhus
May 31
May 31

Yes! It worked:-) Thanks for sharing.

Susu Mohamed
May 27
May 27

Hello Lynnet,
Welcome to world pulse. ''strong' you are doing such amazing work thank you for sharing us ,
I'm looking forward to reading more from you.
Best Regards,
suu

LYNNET
May 27
May 27

Hi Susu,
Thank You...I look forward to engaging with you and everyone here. Cheers

Corine Milano
May 27
May 27

Really wonderful campaign, Lynnet and welcome to World Pulse! I'm part of the storytelling team here, and I wanted to write to officially welcome you and thank you for your first story!

Your campaign is wonderful and so needed. I love the tagline you shared — "Anything you can do, I can do it Bleeding."

I'm part of the storytelling team at World Pulse and we're sharing some of the powerful community stories related to menstrual hygiene day in an email to the community tomorrow. We'll be featuring your story in that email. Be on the lookout and congrats!

Corine

LYNNET
May 28
May 28

Hi Corine,
Thank you...I appreciate. I look forward to the impactful sessions here. I am humbled that my story will be featured.

Chinyere Kalu
May 29
May 29

Woah ! Thanks for doing whaf you do.
I love the idea of the kit.
Kudos Sis!

LYNNET
May 30
May 30

Hello Chinyere,
Thank you. You may introduce it to your community too.

chimdirimebere
May 30
May 30

My dear Lynnet,
Keep up the good work. This is what happens in most of our rural areas where the monthly period keep our girls away from school.

Harriet Okoro

LYNNET
May 30
May 30

Hello Chumdirimebere,
Thank you. It is my desire to bring change to my community.