Community Outreach at Nsanja UMEA P/S

Community Outreach at Nsanja UMEA P/S

We had the opportunity to take another step towards a big goal – ending period poverty in Uganda. We conducted a community outreach at Nsanja UMEA P/S Luwunga, Kituntu Sub-County, Mpigi District where over 160 girls were able to benefit.

This outreach was aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) among school girls in Uganda. The day was filled with education, empowerment, and most importantly, hope for a brighter future.

Reusable Sanitary Pads: A Sustainable Solution

The day began with an interactive session on SRHR. We believe that knowledge is power, and by educating these young girls about their rights, we are equipping them with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. The girls were eager to learn, and their enthusiasm was infectious.

Next, we introduced the girls to reusable sanitary pads. These pads are not only environmentally friendly but also cost-effective, making them a sustainable solution to period poverty. We demonstrated how to use and care for these pads, and the girls even had the opportunity to practice these new skills themselves.

Msichana Uganda team at Nsanja UMEA P/S in Mpigi District

Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Breaking the Taboo

One of the highlights of the day was the open discussion on menstrual health and hygiene. This topic, often considered taboo, was brought into the open. The girls were encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences, creating a safe and supportive environment for learning. This discussion was also attended by some of the teachers at the school which helped to create a more interactive environment.

Perhaps the most impactful part of the day was when the girls were given the chance to demonstrate what they had learned to their peers. This peer-to-peer learning approach not only reinforces the information but also builds confidence and leadership skills among the girls.

Girls from Nsanja UMEA P/S holding reusable sanitary pads from Msichana Uganda

Keeping Girls in School

Menstrual hygiene is more than just a health issue; it’s an education issue. Many girls miss school during their periods due to a lack of sanitary products. By providing reusable sanitary pads, we’re helping to ensure that every girl has the opportunity to get the education she deserves.

Outreach programs like this one have the power to change lives. But we can’t do it alone. We invite you to join us in our mission to end period poverty and promote menstrual hygiene in Uganda. Together, we can empower these girls to reach their full potential.