We commemorated the 28 May Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021 by gaining a deeper understanding of the specific problems posed for managing menstrual health and hygiene especially in post COVID-19 we conducted a community dialogue bringing together professionals who work in the WASH and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) fields and stake holders including cultural leaders, school teachers, parents, girls and boys. The dialogue organized to mark 28 May Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021 attracted 61 participants from Northern Uganda.


"I was really worried about my family since all public activities were suspended and my family depended on the market to earn income. Like many other girls, I felt unsafe when all small shops closed. It has been difficult for girls in the community to get sanitary and hygiene products during this pandemic, many have been exposed to worse challenges such as forced marriage I almost lost my pride" Says Daphine 15 years- “Due to lack of sanitary pad supply, females are depending on using traditional cloth napkins. Many of them don’t know the proper way of cleaning it and likely there is ample scope for bacterial infection.” According to Plan International, in Uganda 28% of girls miss school because they are menstruating. They meet challenges in access and affordability of menstrual products for example pads and end up improvising with materials that are not hygienic such as cow dung, old used clothes among others, lack of proper sanitation infrastructure both in schools and at homes and those that have them are in a really poor condition with no doors or the women and girls have to share the facilities with men and boys and insufficient knowledge of menstrual hygiene management. This is indeed a worrying situation that calls for joint efforts by all implementing partners. Through the pandemic period, we continued manufacturing and distributing our locally made sanitary pads reaching out over to 2,850 girls and women Distributing pads alone is not enough. We have been conducting MHM education targeting girls, boys, women, and men to addressing stigma, education, and leadership

We are joining the world and we believe;- A world without period poverty and stigma is possible. We cannot wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to end. We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) NOW!


Our Healthy Periods initiative produces pads benefiting 5,000 schools going girls and women monthly in Northern Uganda. We are improving access to sanitary products and menstrual education among girls and boys.


To ensure access to menstrual products in the communities that we serve we need to double our investment, collaborate more and call for action to all stakeholders especially the government of Uganda to remove taxes on menstrual products. We hope you will join us and consider donating to this special #MHDAY2021 Click https://www.globalgiving.org/39549


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A world without period poverty and stigma is possible. We cannot wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to end. We need to step up action and investment in menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) NOW!


We are conducting a series of activities including the Girls Decide Event focusing at Stigma, Accessibility, Education, Male Perception to create awareness about menstrual health and community dialogues to engage parents, teachers girls and women to learn and demisfy stigma against menstruation.


On 28th May 2021 we will join the world to highlight the gaps and achievements


Consider making at donation and learn more at https://www.globalgiving.org/39549


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Agather aged 39, is a widow with three children and seven other dependents all are refugees who settled in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together with the other five members formed a self-help group Women Group. She says VAC-NET came at a time she needed a hand to hold her from collapsing. “I was having a timber business in the Democratic Republic of Congo when I lost all I had to the soldiers that confiscated all my timber and took all the money I had. It was a trying moment and I was on the verge of giving up on life as I had completely nothing. I and my family ran away from violent conflict in our country and we settled in Gulu.


A friend of hers invited her for training. It was about addressing the mindset. A number of facilitators talked and gave them hope and encouraged them to look at things from a positive angle. The facilitators told the story of a Bumble Bee that manages to fly even when many people thought it had no ability to fly. This motivated Agather and she started imagining herself holding millions of shillings again. During the training, she learned about business Selection and Projected Income Statements that enabled her to identify the business opportunity of growing and selling Rice.


After the training, she requests an agro loan of $350 and used it to buy rice for selling; and used the balance to hire and prepare land for growing beans and maize and UGX800,000 for paying school fees. After harvesting, she raised 2.4 million shillings from two tonnes of beans and one tonne of maize and also continued buying and selling Rice.

She has since diversified into a big supplier of produce linking the buyers from Gulu in Uganda with those in neighboring DRC who need all most food. She has been consistently working in this field and her daily sales range between UGX300,000 and UGX800,000 per day.

Agather currently employs 4 workers. She has a daughter at University where she pays her tuition,


"I was on the verge of giving up on life," Says: Agather


Women like Agather inspire us to do more and we thank you for your continued support using the power of microloans and education women can break the cycle of poverty and support their communities. Your thoughtful investment not only brings hope but it facilitates sustainable empowerment for women.

Thank you


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