Outreach at Brain Trust College

Outreach at Brain Trust College

We were hosted for an outreach at Brain Trust College Kawumba in Buwama Sub-County, Mpigi district. Our interactive sessions with the girls focused on menstrual hygiene—an essential aspect of women’s health. This discussion also revolved around Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of women and girls.

Unfortunately like in many other areas, taboos and misinformation often hinder the progress of girls in school and also after school. Girls in resource-constrained communities encounter unique challenges during menstruation. Sanitary pads are costly, and families struggling to afford necessities often force their daughters to miss school due to a lack of hygiene products.

Msichana Executive Director sharing with students

Menstrual Health Education

Nevertheless, we began with an open discussion about periods and debunked myths. During our open dialogue, we dispelled common misconceptions about periods. By separating fact from fiction, we empowered the girls with accurate information. For instance, we clarified that menstruation is a natural process, not something to be ashamed of or hidden away.

Proper menstrual hygiene practices were emphasized, highlighting their impact on women’s health. We also addressed the difficulties girls face in accessing hygiene products.

Educating the girls about hygiene practices was pivotal. We highlighted the importance of using clean and safe methods during menstruation. Proper maintenance of menstrual hygiene products and avoiding harmful practices were key points. By doing so, we contribute to their overall well-being.

Girls holding reusable sanitary pads from Msichana

Reusable Sanitary Pads

Acknowledging the difficulties girls face in accessing menstrual hygiene products is crucial. Poverty, cultural norms, and lack of availability often hinder their ability to manage their periods effectively. Our discussion likely addressed strategies to overcome these barriers, such as reusable pads and community support.

We are thankful to our partners SAIDA International e.V. who enabled us to distribute reusable sanitary pads to 100 girls. We empowered them to embrace these sustainable alternatives by demonstrating proper use and care.

You too can join us to ensure that all stigma around menstruation is challenged and every girl has access to proper menstrual hygiene products. This is our struggle to see more girls stay in school and to see a better future for all girls and women. 

Girls holding reusable sanitary packs from Msichana