Danish Lutheran Mission’s project in Tanzania - Schooling for girls

Trine Angeline Sig
Posted January 7, 2021 from Denmark
There was a party from early morning at Ekenywa Secondary School on the occasion of the "opening" of the LMU project.
Teaching teens in schools about body changes in their teens and handing out reusable sanitary napkins to girls who usually do not have the opportunity to get that kind of thing. Many use old cloths and stay home from school for that matter. There was also teaching of body changes for the boys, and everywhere we were received beyond all expectation. (1/4)

Ou friend and partner, Ruth Bach Svendsen from Danish Lutheran Mission in Arusha, Tanzania tells:  With the LMU project "Schooling for girls", the Danish Lutheran Mission has during the last months been visiting more than 30 schools on the outer edges of Arusha county in Tanzania and distributed Safepad™, reusable sanitary pads to 3.500 girls. We have taught them and just as many boys about body changes in puberty. We have distributed 3.500 “My first period” booklets to the girls. We have been received with open arms by teachers and students at all schools.

We have received so much positive feedback. For example, a girl told me how happy she is for the sanitary pads and that she can go to school and not have to stay home the days she has her menstruation. It makes me happy to hear and the project worthwhile.

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Nini Mappo
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dear Trine,
This is both sad and beautiful. Sad that sanitary pads, a basic necessity, has been so scarce that it brings so much joy for the girls to get some. Beautiful that the girls are getting access to sanitary pads that will last, and information on their bodies that they may not have received otherwise.
Good on you and the Lutheran Mission for reaching out with love, education, compassion, and a package of dignity that will keep girls in schools.
Karen Axalan mentioned your work on reusable pads in a comment in a post I read earlier, and it's wonderful to read of your work first hand and the difference you are making.
May your organization grow wings and reach so many more girls across Africa where menstrual hygiene is a luxury.
Thank you for all you do, your vision for women and girls, and the menstrual and self esteem poverty you continue to fight with the SafePad initiative. It is needed and appreciated!

Trine Angeline Sig
Jan 07
Jan 07

Dear Nini,
thanks for making such a super warm comment - truly appreciated.

Just for your information. We are running several similar projects in your country. You can find more info. here:
https://www.facebook.com/safepadkenya
We are actually hoping to raise egnough funds to start a local production of Safepad in the country. Fingers crossed.

All the best to you and thanks for following our work - we need more girls and women to join our movement to raise more awareness about menstual health and hygiene :-)

Hugs from Denmark,
Trine

valem
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hello sister Angeline How are you ?
Bravo Congratulations on the efforts you are showing you have left a smile on the faces of many girls who were unable to go to school during menstruation. Being among the girls who have gone through those challenges I pronounce a blessing on you every time you come in and be a blessing.
hugs to the team.

Trine Angeline Sig
Jan 08
Jan 08

Thanks Valem, what a sweet message to recieve - thank you!

You may follow our work here: https://www.facebook.com/safepadtanzania

We also developed a booklet: My First Period that is translated into Swahili. Let me know if you would like to receive a copy?

Best regards,
Trine

valem
Jan 09
Jan 09

Hello sister how are you?
Why not ,Of course i would like to receive a copy.
It will be useful for my indigenous. Hope to hear from you.

Trine Angeline Sig
Jan 11
Jan 11

Please share your email with me, then I will send you a copy asap.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 09
Jan 09

Dear Trine,
This is such great news! And the photos show such joy. It is a sad reality that we live in a world in which every girl does not yet have the information, the equipment and the respect she is due for such a basic need, menstruation, which we have as women because of our ability to give birth. With every girl who is taught her worth, and given what she needs, we are one step closer to the world know is possible.

Trine Angeline Sig
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Tamarack,

you are so right... but there is still such a long way for us to go... till the day where every girl knows her worth ...

#ItsTimeForAction :-)

Thanks for your support,
Trine

I am so proud of you, Trine, for the progress SafePads is having. It was like in a blink of an eye, it has reached Tanzania and Philippines and other countries already. Wow! Thank you! Congratulations on your hard work and commitment to offer healthier options for women and girls.

Trine Angeline Sig
Jan 12
Jan 12

Thanks Karen but there is still such a long way to go...
We must put more focus on NOT leaving our girls behind!

Thank you for helping me put this on a global agenda. We need many more to join our movement <3

Hugs from Denmark,
Trine