Purpose behind My Experience

OdamaGloria
Posted May 18, 2019 from Nigeria

I was only a younger Girl in College, who was trying to catch up with her studies when an unexpected experience initiated our #Istandwithgirls movement. 

 

My first 'Period' experience was naive. I loved to play with my younger male siblings,  and so on this day we were playing when on of them called my attention to the 'tomato looking' stain on my light grey mini skirt. I didn't  quite understand what it meant, nor what to do, so I ran to my Mother. She introduced me to tissue paper  showing me how to carefully wrap it around my underwear,  and before I left her sight she added; 'you shouldn't play with boys anymore,  you can become pregnant!' This new experience me sad. 

 

"I wondered why something they say is good, should deprive me of  my Association" Gloria Kasi

 

When I got older, I enrolled at Dental College Enugu, Nigeria and lived at the College's dormitory.

 

I didn't quite think 'my period' would come out on that fateful day. Now, I had improved from the use of 'tissue papers' to a healthy sanitary Pad, but then, I had ran out of the sanitary Pad.

 

I quickly headed to a grocery store around my College to purchase my Pad but was surprised to know the retail price had tripled from what it had been. I pleaded with them, to no avail. I ran back to my dormitory to complete the cash to what asked for.  

 

As I returned to my College now, after I had bought the 'sanitary Pad' I began wondering the fate of younger girls in high schools who may be struggling to afford a Pad. This was how I initiated; "Gloria Kasi's #Istandwithgirls campaign alongside Oak Aid Foundation.

 

We distributed 'Healthy Sanitary Pads' to over 1, 000 School girls and their Female teachers free of charge.

 

We visited these school girls at their schools alongside Certified Health workers, who took them on proper hygiene, and all they needed to know about Menstruation. 

 

It was during our interactions with them we discovered some girls make use of pieces of clothes,  feathers,  cotton wool, tissue papers and other unhealthy things for their periods or are forced to abstain from studies. 

 

We also had a Peaceful #Istandwithgirls walk in my City to sensitize law makers against unfavourable conditions surrounding Menstruation. We hope to do more.

 

"Period is a blessing we didn't choose, and should be treated as one."

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Lisbeth
May 18
May 18

You are welcome to World Pulse and what a great opening with your first "period" story. I relate to you that look of shock when you are naive and do not know what is happening haha.

I understood your mother to some extend. She mean to say from now on if you joke around you get to see the consequence haha
Thanks for sharing yours!

OdamaGloria
May 21
May 21

I was really that naive.

As for my Mother, she thought it as the best way to communicate Puberty to her then Naive daughter and sadly, I read another meaning off that statement.

Years later, I know better.

However, I think "sex education " and "puberty" should be thought first hand by our Parents without instilling unnecessary fears.

Jill Langhus
May 18
May 18

Hello Gloria,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your personal menstruation story. I hope that future generations will have a better story to tell, but I'm glad that you helped with your foundation and campaign, though. Have you kept these up? I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and hearing more about what you're passionate about.

Hope you have a great day!

OdamaGloria
May 21
May 21

Hi,

Thank you for reading my story. I do appreciate it, a lot.

My Foundation is exploring more in Dental Awareness and Management Projects in my Country, and across Africa at the moment.

My Passion: I love to put smiles on faces and as such love to travel, in order to meet people of various cultures.

We ain't stopping. We hope to reach out to more Lives..

Jill Langhus
May 22
May 22

You're welcome, dear.

Sounds like a great mission:-) Looking forward to hearing more about it!

Olutosin
May 18
May 18

Welcome and welldone dearest sister.

OdamaGloria
May 21
May 21

Hello Olutosin,
Thank you.

Dawn Arteaga
May 18
May 18

Wow what powerful work! Thank you for sharing this story and I can’t wait to hear more from you! Big hugs from Washington DC

OdamaGloria
May 21
May 21

Thank you for your kind response. I am grateful.

I'm sending warm hugs right back to you from Nigeria!

Tamarack Verrall
May 20
May 20

Dear Gloria,
Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on #Istandwithgirls. How great to read that your determination that other girls would not go through what you went through resulted in free pads for girls. And not only for the girls, for their teachers too! It takes a generosity of spirit to do big action for others. Glad to meet you here!

OdamaGloria
May 21
May 21

So glad you read my Story!

I never thought we would pull through that project, but then I thought of the impact, I quickly shut out all negative energies that would have hindered the success of this. It cost me funds (no sponsor), time, plan and a lot more.

Today, I am glad we did, since what really counts are the number of lives we are able to affect while we're still here.

maeann
May 21
May 21

Hi Gloria,

Welcome to World Pulse. That is nice of you initiating this campaign. I hope more girls will be reach out to receive a free sanitary pads.

OdamaGloria
May 21
May 21

Yes, hopefully, we'd do more.

Thanks

Hello, Gloria,

I can relate with the advice to “not play with boys or you’ll get pregnant”. I was told that, too. Haha.

You are a remarkable woman for turning your empathy into #Istandwithgirls campaign. Congratulations on making an impact!

Welcome to World Pulse, and please keep writing!