Pad distribution and hygiene packages change lives!

  Primary and middle school students celebrate with their new menstrual kits!

Primary and middle school students celebrate with their new menstrual kits!

Two weeks ago WEEMA International, in partnership with Studio Samuel, distributed 400 reusable sanitary pads at Samura Primary and Middle School and left an additional 200 for future students. This distribution was accompanied by presentations, led by peer mentors, on how to use the pads as well as general information about hygiene and menstrual management.

Evidence shows that lack of access to menstrual supplies (and knowledge!) leads to girls' school absenteeism and drop-out.  One female student explained how these pads will transform her school life:

"I want to thank WEEMA for giving us this reusable pads so that we can focus on our education. It's been a problem for me to focus on  school activities during menstruation because of fear, pain and embarrassment. I didn't come to school during menstruation but now that I have this materials with me, it won't be a problem anymore."

In addition to the pad distribution, we'd like to send a big shout out to Cindy and her supporters for spearheading hygiene packages for boys. Her packages included underwear, toothbrushes, soap and toilet paper for over 200 students.  Gratitude!

  Saruma school boys pick up their hygiene packages from Cindy and her daughter.

Saruma school boys pick up their hygiene packages from Cindy and her daughter.

  This demonstration taught 400 girls how to use and wash their reusable pads and maintain proper hygiene.

This demonstration taught 400 girls how to use and wash their reusable pads and maintain proper hygiene.