Access to hygiene education for disadvantaged girls during periods of menstruation
A Peacemaking Project by WEND SOM HULDA N.
What is the injustice we are solving?
The injustice I want to tackle is lack of health care access for marginalized people .
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of lack of health care access for marginalized people .
we will address the lack of a guardian to supervise these girls in the management of their hygiene during menstruation and the lack of financial means to buy sanitary napkins.
by #training 25 girls to manage their hygiene during periods of menstruation; #training these 25 girls in the manufacture of reusable sanitary napkins; #creating 1 menstrual hygiene ambassador's club.
Our Project Plan:
- #Training 25 girls in menstrual hygiene ans napkins manufacturing for their health during menstrual periods
We will increase my / our compassion by...
#Involving local leaders #hearing beneficiary
How will you show courage?
#Going to beneficiaries #discussing with elders to sensitize them in order for them to be defender for the girls rights
How will you collaborate with others?
#Collaborate with Health students association #Young African Leaders Alumni #Burkina Faso Peace First Alumni
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
#pre/post survey #Number of girls using hygienic napkins #number of parents involved to mentor the girls
- #preparatory mission #2 training sessions # Follow up training
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
This project allowed my team to come into direct contact with the reality of young girls. In addition, this project also made it possible to understand not only the problem but also to see to what extent they were unaware of many things Solving this problem was a way to better identify the injustice that is often not perceived by those around us.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
At the end of the project the participants and some parents were happy with the training they’ve received. The girls will now attend classes or activities even during their menstruation. For they can now manufacture napkins for their own use and parents can see new habits of their daughters!
How many people were impacted by your project?
Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
My team learned more from the testimonies of the participants in the training. Each girl experienced this injustice in a different way.
What did your team learn?
We have learned that many girls have bad methods during their mentrues. For example, some girls who do not want to stain their clothes wear several panties and keep their sanitary napkins on them for a long time. However, the towel must be changed every 4 to 6 hours.
What challenges did your team overcome?
Our team has broken the ignorance about how to use sanitary napkins. So the girls decided to always have one more towel to exchange when it’s the moment.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
In carrying out the project, I contacted leaders in this field who were willing to join me. Then the distribution of tasks was done according to everyone's skills.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
I advise anyone starting a peacemaking project to take all the steps seriously. From the development of the project to its completion. One must never give up no matter what the outcome of the project, one must believe in s/he/ they abilities and not hesitate to take advice.
Access to hygiene education for disadvantaged girls during periods of menstruationThe last thing to do before the beginning of the training is the confirmation with the girls and trainers on the training days.
We had met the students to explain the plan of the training so that they can integrate it into their program.