Empowering Girls through Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Education at GSS Bwari

SuS Pads Reusable Pad Training at Government Secondary School Bwari
SuS Pads Reusable Pad Training at Government Secondary School Bwari

The Project

SuS Pads collaborated with two charities, Let Us Help and Women Africa, in Abuja to educate and train underprivileged girls on creating their own reusable sanitary pads. Each participant received a menstrual kit bag containing five reusable pads, ensuring self-sufficiency and reducing the financial burden on low-income families.

The comprehensive training programme not only focused on making reusable pads but also emphasised maintaining good hygiene during menstruation and the proper practices to follow. The girls learned about the fabric types, layers, and sizes required for various menstrual flows. They were taught how to use and maintain their reusable pads effectively, including when to change them and how often to do so.

Project Impact:

A total of 54 girls benefited from this initiative, gaining practical knowledge on making reusable pads using the provided fabric, snap tools, and safety pins. Their enthusiasm and appreciation for this skill were evident as they eagerly began sewing their own pads using either sewing machines or hand needles. The girls expressed their gratitude and commitment to sharing this newfound knowledge with their families and friends, creating a ripple effect of positive change.

Project Sustainability:

Each participant received a menstrual kit bag with four reusable pads, which can last for 3–5 years. The successful workshop not only improved the girls’ understanding of menstrual hygiene management but also equipped them with valuable skills to better manage their periods. By addressing the lack of knowledge and awareness surrounding menstruation, this initiative aims to reduce health issues, psychological distress, and absenteeism among adolescent girls, ultimately contributing to their overall well-being and educational success.

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