Empower Her project

Un proyecto de construcción de paz de Olabode E.

¿Cuál es la injusticia que estamos intentando resolver?

The injustice i would want to change is the injustice with young girl that do not have access to reusable pads so some of them miss school during their period. Education is a vital tool for empowering individuals and more so girls. Studies have shown that an educated woman is able to get gainful employment, to take her children for immunization, to practice family planning (delayed child bearing and fewer children), spends over 40% of her income on her family’s welfare as compared to the male counterpart who spends far less on his family. Cultural and traditional barriers still play a prominent role in hindering the access of several girls to education. Women are considered secondary citizens as compared to males in conservative and patriarchal societies. Boys are given higher preference when it comes to education. Very little attention has been paid to critical infrastructure like latrines, water facilities that are vital for the retention of girls in school, especially those that have reached puberty. Due to the lack of water and sanitation facilities in schools, studies show that a girl will miss an average of 45 days per year due to her menstrual cycle. Absenteeism leads to poor academic performance, which eventually leads to the drop rate of a sizeable number of girls from schools. Interventions aimed at providing free and accessible reusable sanitary pads will go a long way in reversing the negative trend of girls’ education, especially in the rural areas

Nuestra Idea Compasiva

Para resolver la injusticia de Lack of access to reusable pad for young girls which causes absenteeism in school leading to bad performance and high rate of drop out.
Abordaremos The problems of access to reusable pad and lack of knowledge of menstrual hygiene
A través de Supplying girls with reusable pads and also teach them how to make reusable pads and on menstrual hygiene.

Nuestro plan:

Objetivos

  • Every girl should be able to make her reusable pad by herself Reduction in absenteeism in school during their period

Aumentaremos mi / nuestra compasión por medio de...

Meeting with stakeholders in the community to understand their perspective of the problem, then develop the menstrual hygiene management curriculum and identify the girls that are really affected.

¿Cómo mostrarás coraje (valentía)?

Meeting with lawmakers to advocate for reduction in the tax paid by companies that make pad and that pad should be made free for high school students.

¿Cómo colaborarán con otros/as?

I will partner with Other organization like Igboya Project, SDGACTS and local seamstress in the community

¿Cómo sabrás que te estás moviendo en la dirección correcta? (¿Cuáles son las formas específicas en que puedes medir tu impacto?)

All girls can make their own reusable pads and there is reduction in absenteeism in school and school girls have better academic performance.

Pasos clave

  • Get necessary Approvals
  • Meet with community leaders
  • Meet with community seamstress association
  • Recruit Volunteers
  • Develop training manual
  • Train Volunteers
  • Get materials for making pad
  • Implement project
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Comentarios:

Fish S. Peace First Staff
28 May 2019 5:34

Olabode -- sounds like you have a clear idea in mind for your project. Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products is definitely a barrier for some people to attending school.

Often solutions to this focus simply on collecting and providing sanitary supplies to students for one-time use -- I'm wondering if you can use this opportunity to design something that solves the problem in a more sustainable way over the long term! Look forward to seeing what you come up with.  

Andrea C. Peace First Staff
7 June 2019 16:10

Hi Olabode!

Thanks so much for submitting your mini-grant application. As mentioned on 05.17.2019, at this point, we are unable to provide financial support to your project or any new projects in Nigeria because we currently lack the necessary funds to support new work there. However, we would like to let you know that we are hoping to process your mini-grant in August.

I was looking at your plan, and I have some ideas of possible things you can do over the next 2 to 3 months before we can provide funds. I suggest you do the steps below, as they either do not have a cost associated or its cost are really low:
1. Get necessary Approvals
2. Meet with community leaders
3. Meet with community seamstress association
4. Recruit Volunteers

We will let you know once we have updates about your application. Thanks so much for being a peacemaker!

All the best,