NGO Distributes Sanitary Pads to over 127 Girls in Ekiti School
FEBI Initiative , an NGO, has distributed no fewer than 127 Sanitary pads to secondary school girls in Ekiti to push period poverty out of school girls.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Bimbo Ajaja made this known on Tuesday while distributing the sanitary pads to secondary school girls at Ora Community High school in Ora-Ekiti .
She said that it was also meant to alleviate the plights of girls as well as help them to resolve their sexual reproductive health challenges.
Ajaja said that the NGO was into educating girls about eradicating period poverty which causes low self esteem and absentee for girls in secondary schools.
” I hope that the combination of today’s education, distribution of pads and training in how to make reusable pads will eventually push period poverty away from Ekiti State” she said.
She said that over the years, she had seen girls who could not afford sanitary pads or towels during their monthly flow.
She said that the motive behind the Initiative was that every girl could get a good health and build their self confidence.
The director said that lack of sanitary pad could endanger the life of a girl child and equally be dangerous to their menstrual health.
” Several young girls these days missed school because of lack of pad to use during their menstrual period.
“We try to give hope to young girls out there, not to go through means that will endanger their health,” she said.
A guest Lecturer, Dr Taiwo Omolayo spoke extensively about menstrual hygiene management, educated the students on how to know their cycles, how to take care of themselves during and after their periods and the effect of poor menstrual hygiene.
Also, a representative of the Triple green environmental development foundation (TGED) educated the students on proper ways to dispose their pads and trained the students on how to make reusable pads
One of the beneficiaries, Kolawole Kehinde , appreciated the gesture of the NGO for educating them on how to stay clean on their menstrual Period, for also distributing sanitary pads to them and for training them on how to make reusable pads.