End Period Poverty
Un proyecto de construcción de paz de Blessing S.
¿Cuál es la injusticia que estamos intentando resolver?
End Period Poverty is a project aimed at creating awareness and educating young girls across secondary schools in okene local government area of kogi state on what menstrual period, menstrual hygiene and how to manage their menstrual cycles with hygiene sanitary towels so as to prevent the high percentage of dropout girls from school and also to distribute hygiene kits to over 200 young girls in five public secondary schools.
Nuestra Idea Compasiva
Para resolver la injusticia de End Period Poverty among secondary school girls in Okene, Kogi State
Abordaremos we will address this by creating awareness of the consequence of this injustices among parents and the young girls
A través de Creating awareness and educating them on what menstrual cycle is,it symptoms and staying hygienic and showing them practical ways to do that. Equipping them with the hygienic kits that will keep them dry and help them to become more productive and increase their self worth.
- To educate, create awareness among young girls on menstrual cycle and to distribute sanitary towels to over 20 girls.
Aumentaremos mi / nuestra compasión por medio de...
We are going to give access to the young girls to ask questions regarding to any health issues that is of concern to them which we will proffer solutions and guides to. We will be engaging the school principal, teachers and parents as they will help monitor the continuity of our work,provision of necessary materials the young girls will need during this phase and hygiene state of the girls.
¿Cómo mostrarás coraje (valentía)?
we are going to show courage by engaging the ministry of health and other health workers in community to help implement our work for the young girls in the community. We will reach out to more under privileged girls, who their parent cannot afford hygiene sanitary towels and those who have no prior knowledge of hygiene practice in the community.
¿Cómo colaborarán con otros/as?
We will collaborate with Kogi State Ministry of Health and Youth led NGOs. They will help in giving us more materials such as menstrual cycle leaflet and educative materials to effectively aid us in teaching the girls best hygiene practice. we will leverage on the already structure of the NGOs to straighten our knowledge about the project and also a platform to amplify our work.
¿Cómo sabrás que te estás moviendo en la dirección correcta? (¿Cuáles son las formas específicas en que puedes medir tu impacto?)
Number of workshop, training and hygiene education sessions held and participation feedback will be kept in monitor. Percentage increase in the numbers of girls who now have adequate knowledge on what menstrual cycle is and increase number of girls returning back to school.
- . Take permission from the school principals .Engage the parents on asking questions on how they provide sanitary towels for their daughters every month. . Ask questions from the male counterpart on their views on how they see the young girls during their menstrual cycles. . Engage the classroom teachers on the turn up of most young girls in school activities during their menstrual cycle, do they shy away from school/stay home.
- Men are been involved in this project because in every home their is a man and they have a say in the home traditionally and their voices must be obeyed so if the men are involved,we will first educate them by orientating them about menstruation generally, that menstruation is not a taboo it not something to use to discriminate young girls it part of every woman to go through this phase,by this awareness we give to them it will greatly help to drive home our purpose for the project,it will also encourage them to see that they have a responsibility to provide sanitary towel for every young girl in their homes.They will also help create awareness among their fellow men in the community about the importance of young girls staying hygienic for better reproductive health,which will help change some of their traditionally beliefs. I have decided to reduce the number of girls to 60, so that i can effectively and efficiently reach out to them and for maximum out put. We will be meeting 20 girls each of the months to provide them with education on personal hygiene,reproductive system and also to give them hygiene kits each. this will be repeated in the following two months to a different sets of girls .
¿Cómo profundizó el proyecto la comprensión de la injusticia en tu equipo?
This Project has given us a deep understanding of poor hygiene during menstrual cycle of this young girls,lack of funds to purchase the necessary hygiene materials to use due to poverty. Y The various experience of these young girls in my community due to lack of prior knowledge, religion views, traditions. But we have changed such views among the young men, parents through health educative campaign we had during this project.
¿Cómo cambió tu comunidad como resultado de tu proyecto?
The understanding of men as been changed about menstruation, this young women has been empowered with hygiene sanitary towels an how to make reuseable pads. Parents now know they have a serious responsibility to their daughters, especially to their health an reproductive life. Every young man as a little or more support to give the girl child in the community. More girls are happy to stay in school and learn,has they have learnt more on hygiene an menstruation that it not a taboo,it something to be proud of as a woman. These are the changes this project has brought it to my community.
¿Cuántas personas fueron impactadas por tu proyecto?
In addition to those directly impacted, are there additional people you feel were indirectly indirectly impacted or reached? If so, how many? (This might include people who read about your project, families of people that attended your workshops or received services, etc.)
The first phase of this project focused on 20 Young girls who already seeing their menstrual cycle. The second phase focused on 20 young girls who are yet to begin their menstruation. The third phase focused on both groups of young girls. This project was held in different secondary Schools in my community.
¿De qué manera aprendió más tu equipo sobre las personas afectadas por la injusticia?
We learnt a lot from there various experience shared with us. From the health issues they faced as a person. The rejections, neglect they faced both in their homes an school
¿Qué aprendió tu equipo?
We learnt that these young girls are shy about their menstrual cycle. Having cramps issues which always keep them away from school. This issues we handled an show them ways of staying healthy. We also learnt the impact, joy of bringing change, support those who are less privilege in the society an community at large. It has opened our eyes to see the challenges, needs people are going through in my community,an pushing us to offer solutions in our own little ways.
¿Qué desafíos superó tu equipo?
Having this young girls coming out bold to be empowered by this project. We had some little rejections. Having to discuss with the young men about menstruation.
¿Cómo involucraste a otros en el diseño, la realización o la expansión de este proyecto?
Involved our partners, digital center in printing the materials we used. The existing local NGOs in my community gave great hand in our educative health talk compaign an also reaching out to more young girls. The volunteers help in organzing these girls to listen an focus during our project.
¿Qué consejo le darías a alguien que inicia un proyecto de paz?
Have a mindset of identifying a problem an offering solutions to it. Be sincere, honesty to the course. Become the change you want to see in your community, be that helping hand that will bring smiles an a change to your community.
End Period PovertyWe have carried out the first phase of the project in this month of April.
We had health educative talk, sensitization, awareness, we collaborate alongside with the local NGOs in the community and school teacher's with 20young girls and their male counterparts. We also empowered this young girls with sanitary pads and we also taught them how to make reuseable pads from simple materials (clothes) and provided them
End Period PovertyWe have carried out the first phase of the project in this month of April.
We had educative health talk, sensitization and awareness alongside with the local NGOs in the community and the school teacher's with 20 young girls and the male counterparts. We empowered the young girls with sanitary pads and also taught them how to make reuseable pads from simple clothing materials during our workshop.
We had question and answer sections with them, this was so intriguing for me and my team, has they shared their experiences with us, it deepen our insights.
Ending Period Poverty was indeed impactful at this first implementation phase.
We are more happy and ready for the next phase of the project which is May 2019. And we also monitoring the progress of the learning chain in the first school.
End Period PovertyThis is the second phase of the end Period Poverty project, this we visited ejide nursery and primary school in my local government area, where we gave prior knowledge to the little ones who are yet to begin their menstruation and those who are already in. For me I learnt a lot from those young little ladies,the expression on their faces was amazing,they had no knowledge of what menstrual cycle is, this prior information has given them a tool of forehand knowledge an am glad it came from I an my team. For those who are seeing their menstruation they had little knowledge or no knowledge on hygiene, from questions and answers sections we all gave the necessary information on how to stay hygienic.
Am happy for being a change maker in my community by empowering young girls.
I say thank you peacefirst for giving me the opportunity and resources to bring this great change for the girl child.