Increasing their participation in co cuticular activities at school with comfort and diginty
THE HEALTHY PERIODS INITIATIVE (HPI)
The Healthy Periods Initiative drives economic and socio-cultural change through enterprise and education. From a grassroots level, we inform, educate and provide resources to assist in the development of successful social enterprises that provide safe and affordable sanitary resources for school girls and women in rural communities
When a girl faces obstacles in managing her menses in a healthy way, she is at risk for infection, her self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may remain absent from school during her period, or worse still, drop out of school altogether upon reaching puberty. Over time, these negative effects add up, preventing a young girl from achieving her full potential and having a healthy, productive life. .
WHO & WHAT WE OFFER
We target schoolgirls ages ten and above mainly in primary and secondary school and rural women who do not have access. We provide them with a pack (8 pads in pack) of sanitary pads per month and give education sessions on women's health. Through this, we aim to reduce absence from school due to menstuation, improving education equality. It’s about justice
To address the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges girls and women face with regards to access, hygiene, and stigma, We launched the Healthy Periods Initiative to provide information, access, and opportunities with regards to menstrual health. In addition, We are offering social enterprise opportunities, creating viable business for young girls who are producing the Lucky Girl Sanitary Pad product. Which is driving economic and socio-cultural changes and supporting girls to concentrate on their education.
Our Response During COVID-19 Pandemic
To create a local supply chain that can produce and deliver affordable sanitary pads to the most vulnerable populations: schoolgirls, refugees, displaced persons, and those who lack access to safe and affordable sanitary pads.
The HPI Initiative will lead to:
Increased education regarding menstrual health,
Increased health and hygiene,
Increased dignity and self-esteem,
Increased livelihoods thru production,
Decreased costs associated with sanitary products,
Increased school and work attendance
42,900 girls and boys reached with menstrual health education massage,
1.8 million pads Distributed ,
6,77 girls passed Primary and joined secondary education,
3,24 community dialogues targeting parents and teachers conducted
3.9 million pads produced
12 Primary schools enrolled
3,250 girls participating in HPI
28 young women employed in the production and distribution
Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a central part of our Healthy periods Initiative. Girls need to know the correct information about their bodies and their rights so they can make informed decisions and speak up in cases of sexual violence. Creating a safe space to talk about this possibly awkward or uncomfortable topic allows the girls to ask sensitive questions and for our medical doctor. Dr. Joania provides sessions to dispel any commonly held myths and provide factual information.
SANITARY PADS DISTRIBUTION FOR REFUGEES
We are supplying free Lucky Girl Sanitary Pads to young girls and women in Bolore and Pagirinya refugee settlements. These 2 settlements host 36,000 people of which 72% are young girls, women and children between 9 to 18 years. We provide 600 packs monthly in 2 Refugee settlements in Ajduman District.