Makepad 4 Menstruating Girls
Lakene, pictured here with her peers in class and more than 300 others in remote communities in Donga-Mantong Division ,NWR Cameroon may NOT complete secondary school by the end 2020 due to menstruation that interfere with their success at school; this is the second major reasons after household work for girls to miss school. This young girls are amongst the 82 % girls using home-grown sanitary alternatives like; old fabric, towels, rags, tissue papers, wood shavings, wet newspapers, dried leaves, hay, some sit in sand, causing flea-borne infections and plastic to “catch-the-red thing”.
Living with families whose entire income is less than two (2) dollars a day, spending even five (5) dollars a month, per girl, for conventional menstrual pads is impossible. These young girls had learned to dull their feelings with a quality of silence and a culture of shame that often follows menstruation.Those who have the luxury of using sanitary napkin are worn for long periods of time and it becomes oiled, experiencing foul odors and increase the risk of infection. These low-income girls’ choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms (perpetuating ignorance).
This year 2018, we have set a new goal to help more young girls in these remote communities in Cameroon, who are struggling to survive amidst poverty and the health challenges. While our target of raising $40,000 is still to be met, we need your help to provide the critical support that can make the difference in the lives of so many low-income young people in Cameroon.
Will you make a donation now to help us reach this crucial goal? Ever single dollar count for every dollar adds up to make a different of reaching 300 low-income girls in need of essential sanitary napkins monthly and thousands of young people with menstrual hygiene information.
My team (volunteers) and I are on the ground in these communities, providing sanitary napkins and delivering them to poor communities. Never undermine the little you can do for the much you cannot do, the culmination of the littler you can do will result in a great stride.
Here are examples of what your gift can do to alleviate suffering:
· $30 can deliver clean and ecofreindly sanitary pads to 3 girls for a month while encouraging them to continue their education even during their menstrual periods.
· $75 will provide detergents to keep girl-latrine clean, free from infection and friendly in school monthly.
· $300 can buy a sewing machine, materials and supplies to teaching sewing skills for self-supporting production of locally made sanitary pads (lifestyle) while encouraging the young girls to continue their education even during their menstrual periods.
$500 can provide food, water and training materials of 30 student peer group educators who will teach their peers about menstrual hygiene, HIV/AIDS prevention, and how to avoid early pregnancy.
· $750 will produce a mop clip video in a local language, on puberty, growing up, and ways to protect against unwanted sexual advances.
· $1000 will improve girl-friendly latrine in one of the 9 schools without discreet washrooms.
Your generosity and compassion this year 2018 mean that we can help more young girls through challenging times, improve their lives and rebuild their communities, uplift dreams and confidence and provide girls with education that can change their future.
We both know it can’t be easy. However, I truly believe that a better would and brighter 2018 are possible – but it can only come true by working together and with you as actor!
Thank you for your donation and for being part of this special course – We simply cannot do our work without your support.
P.S. If you have already made a donation, please excuse this email. Thank you for standing with young girls and families in need. We know you are hearing a lot from us these days. The reason is simple; every single dollar raise right now helps us save younger girl’s life as we try to meet their unprecedented needs in Cameroon.
Over the last five years, we have spent 88% of our resources on programs that help young people in need.