By: Austine Agbo Emmanuel, Kaduna
Hope builders international consult Nigeria Ltd, a leading Non Governmental organization (NGO) in Kaduna State, has gone the way of Noble, sensitizing and encouraging young girls in Kaduna schools, on the need to live heathy during their menstruation period.
Chief Executive Officer to the organization, Dr. Mathias B. Yashim, alongside Other members of his team invaded “Day Kakuri Secondary School” in Kaduna on Tuesday, with hundreds of pads to give the girl child a sense of belonging, an equal voice and equal right in the society.
According to him, Menstruation is seen as a taboo in today’s society, urged young ladies and women to shun every form of superstitious belief surrounding menstruation and move on with their lives during and after their menstrual period.
“We are here today because we realized that there are lots of children who are still struggling on how to manage their menstruation.”Research indicates that so many girls stay away from school during their periods because of their inability to afford sanitary pad.”
Some of them are depending on used Newspapers, napkins and rags which cannot be able to keep them from being stained.
“This makes a lot of them to stay back home for days during their menstrual cycle and this is not good enough for their academics” He said.
Dr. Mathias, further stated that the society has been programmed by default where Women are seen as inferior to the male counterparts because of their menstrual cycle.
Speaking briefly to the media after the visit, The principal of the school, Mr. Muhammed Shaibu Abdulahi, expressed satisfaction over the kind gesture, called on Government and other NGOs to follow the leading example.
Hope builders team and staffs of Day Kakuri during the program
“I want to appreciate The Hope Builders, for this initiative to come down to my school and sensitive them about their personal hygiene especially the ladies during their menstrual period.”
“At this juncture,I will like to call on other NGOs and the government to emulate hope builders and find a platform to see how Children especially the girl child can be oriented in matters relating to their health as the saying goes that “Health is Wealth” Mr. Shaibu added.
Recall that the NGO in December last year distributed hundreds of pads to young girls during the 2020 menstrual Hygiene day.
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