[:en]Rural Initiative for Community Empowerment West Nile with funding from Jewish Coalition for Disaster Response is introducing the “Step-up sustainable solutions for the girl child to reduce school dropout due to lack of sanitary pads in Rhino Camp refugee settlement” project. This project will be implemented in Ofua zone with 60 girls who have dropped out of school and peace clubs in schools that comprise of girls and boys. The boys will be engaged in this project to support girls and reduce stigma among young girls and their parents.

This project will scale up further support for more sustainable way of supporting girls and young women in Ofua zone to embrace the use of reusable pads for both income generation and personal use.

The idea is meant to support adolescent girls to learn more life skills of threading, knitting, organizing and making reusable pads from local materials (soft towel, cotton clothes, threads, soft paper(kavera), and manilas for shaping the pads) that are inexpensive.
This will also increase retention of the girls in school since they will have the power to encourage other girls.

Click here to download the full project document.


My Pad My Health!!!

The project manager Mrs. Munduru Liberia (in blue T-shirt) and Mrs. Dralega Charity (in maroon)  introducing the project in Ofua 5 with the leaders.




Afoyorwoth Joy (R in blue) doing a similar introduction in Ofua 6 with the leaders of the village.




A week ago before introducing the project, staff of RICE-WN were trained on making of the reusable pad. The staff that turned up for the training  took up the training and were able to make a few samples of the pad. The staff were also joined by a media representative from Radio Pacis.

The instructor Mrs. Yito Gloria giving instructions during cutting of the fabric. This training was done at the organization premises.





 The reusable pad after all the processes of making. This is the end product that can now be used by the girls.




This is the way the pad is attached to the underwear, it had a button that has to be locked to avoid is from disorganizing the girls and also to keep it firm.



The media house (Radio Pacis staff – First two from the left) and staff of RICE-WN hold the pads and pose for the camera.

Click here to download the full project document.



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