End Period Poverty

Pre-assess - Understand
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Inspired
Pre-assess - Engaged
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Skills
Pre-assess - Stand Up
Strongly Agree
Pre-assess - Reach Out
Pre-assess - Others
Strongly Agree
Injustice - Importance
Affording menstrual pad was not easy for me growing up as a teenage girl
because getting money to buy sanitary pad with the prevailing harsh economy
plaguing my country made it almost impossible and so there was never sufficient
funds and this experience was exactly the same for most of my friends because
their parents couldn't give them money to buy pad too. I don't even go to school
once I'm having menstrual period, what i do is to cut part of my mum's abandoned
wrapper and use as pad instead of wasting money on sanitary pad.
which resulted in poor academics performance for me and low self esteem and other girls, and it till happening now
Injustice - Who Affected
it affect young girls who fall into menstrual cycle age from age (11-18)
Injustice - How Affected
An estimated 1 in 10 girls in sub Saharan Africa misses school at some point during their period. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that 40% of Nigerian children do not attend school with northern region recording the lowest
school attendance rate in the country, particularly for the girl child. The research has shown that when girls could not access sanitary products, they resort to staying out of school.
Injustice - Who Causes
lack of prior knowledge on what menstrual cycle is, it symptoms and how to stay hygienic, lack of fund,poverty and lack of sex education from the parent and consequence of not staying hygienic during this phase.
Inadequate awareness from the government and health ministry
Injustice - Why
cultural and traditional difference and religious beliefs
Initial Problem Statement
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.
Interview - Who
Have spoken to young girls who are going through this phase and parents.
Interview - How They Feel
The young girls saw it as a platform where they will be given prior knowledge and be educated on staying hygienic and providing them with sanitary towels,resulting into participating in all school activities and yielding high academic performance and self worth.

while the parents sees it a s a welcoming development in their community as this will give their daughters more opportunity to be able to stay dry and help with their house chores without necessarily staying away from work as a result of wetness which means a happy and productive girl/daughter.
Interview - How Affected
It affect their personnel value,reproductive health,relationship with the opposite sex, academic activity and academic performance not been able to give full concentration to school and other vital activities.
Interview - Why They Feel That Way
They are been stigmatize and seen as taboo and an abomination not wanting to have anything to do with which affect their self worth.

The lack of adequate education and enlightenment across this communities has placed an embargo on menstrual period on the girl child where the girls are usually exiled from school during this period.
Interview - How Involved
Creating awareness, giving prior knowledge, having a practical section with them, educating them on personnel hygiene(washing of pants,bathing twice/thrice) a day.
Root Cause
Due to little or no information on the reproductive stages of womanhood from the parents to young girls,they don't know how to manage menstrual cycle,lack of fund and poverty.
Parents not educating their daughters forehand on menstruation and the need for staying hygienic.

Lack of adequate information from the government to rural communities on hygiene education.
Traditional practices

1. Adequate enlightenment programs on sex, reproduction and hygiene practice by all relevant stake holders in the state .
2. Government participation in community development by making policies that favors women.
3 Provision of funds by both local and international organisations to make available free sanitary pads to all public schools.

Compassionate Insight - Injustice
End Period Poverty among secondary school girls in Okene, Kogi State
Compassionate Insight - Address
we will address this by creating awareness of the consequence of this injustices among parents and the young girls
Compassionate Insight - Action
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.
Compassionate Insight - Comments
Hi Blessing,

Thanks so much for posting this project! I am glad to see that your project addresses the lack of menstrual hygiene education and affordable supplies for young girls/ women in your community. It’s awesome that you want to teach people in your community about proper menstrual hygiene as well as equip them with hygienic kits! I’m a member of the Peace First team and as part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff gives formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I appreciate how you took time to identify the various root causes of this injustice. I definitely agree with you that there are many factors that lead to the injustice, three of which you identify is the lack of education, social stigmas against speaking about menstrual hygiene publicly, and poverty. It is also great that you consider how this can affect girls in school as many skip classes if they’re on their period, which stops them from learning to their fullest potential. I agree that such an injustice creates an environment where girls aren't able to value their self-worth!

I was wondering who are you opening these teaching sessions to. Do you think that boys and men should also learn about these menstrual hygiene too so that it becomes a less secretive thing for women to hold and manage? Even if these sessions aren’t for them now, will you consider separate classes for boys/ men to attend? Who will you work with to advertise these sessions to people in your community? What are some of the lesson plans that you are thinking of for these teach-ins? Will you be preparing these kits yourself? One last thing for the section Compassion Insight--Address, it is asking for the root cause. Feel free to incorporate the things that you wrote in your root cause section here (and if you have any questions about the compassionate insight format ask me or look at this resource: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-4-compassionate-insight) I hope these thought questions are helpful in thinking ahead!

Here are a few products related to menstrual or sexual reproductive health. Feel free to look an comment on them if you like.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for all the awesome work that you have done so far! I look forward to seeing what you do! :)

Comment Date
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:51
Comment Date
Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:51
Plan - Goals
To educate, create awareness among young girls on menstrual cycle and to distribute sanitary towels to over 20 girls.
Plan - Compassion
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.
Plan - Courage
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.
Plan - Collaborate
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.
Plan - Direction
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.
Plan - Steps
. 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 .
Plan - Comments
Thank you for being a peacemaker! We reviewed your mini-grant application and at this time your team was not approved for a mini-grant. However, don’t give up- this is just because we need a bit more information from you. We provided you with some feedback on your application so that you can revise your project plan and re-submit your application.

As a quick reminder, the mini-grants are intended for you and your team to get started on your peacemaking journey so you can complete projects within the next three months. Through the application, you must be able to demonstrate how the project is a peacemaking project (uses courage, compassion, and collaboration) and that you can realistically complete the elements of the project you are asking for funding for within the given timeline.


The project plan did a great job of:
Explaining how you will collaborate with other organizations especially led by the youth. Their input is important.
Explaining your vision. Your vision for the project is very clear and is for an amazing cause.
It’s great that you are willing to be a listening ear; some people really just want someone to talk to and someone that is really just listening and understanding what they are going through.
The project can be strengthened by (please make these changes in the revised application):

I encourage you to think about more of the steps that will help you accomplish your goals with this project. Why is it that you want to involve men in this project? Do you want them to help raise awareness? Here is a project which helped men process the stigma behind menstruation.
I want to also encourage you to think about quality over quantity for your first month of acting out your project. Perhaps focus on two organizations to be allied with.

Thank you again for being a peacemaker. We are looking forward to seeing your revised mini-grant application!
Comment Date
Tue, 02/26/2019 - 16:17
Details - Country
Details - Location
Okene Local Government in Kogi State
Grant - Resource
Always panty sanitary liner
Dettol soap
Grant - Confirm Age
Grant - Confirm Use
Grant - Confirm Start
Grant - Confirm End
Grant - Confirm Report
Grant - Comments
Blessing - Congratulations! Your project has been approved for a Peace First Challenge mini-grant in the amount of $250.

We are excited for you to put your peacemaking project into action. To receive the mini-grant, please fill out The Payment Details Step within the next three days to get us the information we need to get the mini-grant payment to you.

Please remember that you and your team are responsible for completing the peacemaking project and submitting your reflection by the end of the project.

Congratulations and thank you for being a peacemaker!
Comment Date
Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:09
Payment - PF Affiliated
Payment - Bank Account
Payment - E-Check
Payment - Agree to Terms
Grant - Total
End Period Poverty
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:15
We 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
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:16
End Period Poverty
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:10
We 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 Poverty
Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:13
This 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.
Post-assess - Engaged
Post-assess - Understand
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Inspired
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Skills
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Stand Up
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Reach Out
Strongly Agree
Post-assess - Others
Strongly Agree
Reflect - Deepen
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.
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.
Reflect - Change
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.
Reflect - How Many
Reflect - How Many Explained
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.
Reflect - People Affected
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
Reflect - Learn
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.
Reflect - Challenges
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.
Reflect - Others
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.
Reflect - Future Hopes
To get more girls stay in school.
Empowering more girls who are less privileged in raual areas with sanitary towels an how to make reuseable pads from simple materials.
Reflect - Future Support
Will need funds to purchase sewing machine.
More materials for the reuseable pads during our practical outreach program with secondary School girls.
Reflect - Accelerator
Reflect - Advice
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.
Team Invitations
Details - Public
Project Comments
Blessing - Thanks for submitting your mini-grant application. We will look into your request and get back to you soon.

Comment Date
Fri, 03/01/2019 - 14:05
Blessing, thanks for submitting your mini-grant request. Please make sure to read the International Verification Process here (the last question in the list): https://www.peacefirst.org/faq

Also, make sure to fill the following form: http://bit.ly/2EO4tzb

I look forward to receiving the required documents :)
Comment Date
Wed, 03/06/2019 - 15:48
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