From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

A non-profit organization, Cynthia Okeke Charity Foundation, has distributed sanitary pads, paint linings, and other Menstrual hygiene items to over 100 students of Government Secondary School, Kuje, Abuja, as part of events to commemorate World Mensural Hygiene Day.

In addition to that, the Foundation, partnering with FAB Treasure Foundation, also engaged the students on heart-to-heart discussions on issues of menstrual hygiene and ways they could improve their menstrual hygiene and protect/improve their reproductive health system.

Cynthia Okeke, founder of the Charity Foundation, who led the team to the outreach told journalists that the essence of the outreach was basically to assess the knowledge of the students, neutralize and expunge some myths and false information they might have, and replace them with the right information that has empirical evidence to convince them.

She said: “There’s need to make these menstrual hygiene knowledge available to these students at this young age. Because it will afford them the opportunity to protect themselves and have a very safe reproductive health. Absence of these knowledge and information at the right time and age will push them to guess work or rely on information from wrong sources which might be destructive to their reproductive health.

“To this end, our organization is so much committed and desired that these children have a better reproductive life experience, and the only way they can achieve that is by having the right information from the right sources and at the right time. This is the right time for them to have this knowledge, and that’s why are we committed resources and time to provide the information to them.

“We are deeply impressed with their seriousness and desire to learn and have the right information. In addition to that, we provided a free environment for them to ask some of the questions they couldn’t ask their parents. We provided the answers to their satisfaction. To me, that’s deep satisfaction and great achievement by our team.”

Cynthia, however, appealed to the government and other corporate organizations to support non-profit organizations that engage in such humanitarian outreaches, financially and logistics, so that more support and assistance can be provided to the female students who are future mothers of this country.

“With more support, financial and otherwise, more people would be reached with the right information and support through outreaches in more locations including schools across the country.

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“We have, undoubtedly, enjoyed some support that had made us achieve some results as regards promoting menstrual hygiene through enlightenment and distribution of sanitary pads, but there are more gap to cover if we have more support.

“For instance, at the school, the girls were taught how to properly fix their sanitary pads, how to maintain hygiene during menstruation and how to choose the best product for themselves. We also taught them about different products that they can use during menstruation.”

Principal of the School, Mr. Bello Gupa, in his remarks, appreciated the leaders of the non-profit organization for putting the female students in the right perspective as regards menstrual hygiene.

He charged the students to make good use of the knowledge acquired during the outreach, stressing the need for safe reproductive health system which can be achieved largely through adequate menstrual hygiene.

He challenged government, organizations and individuals to emulate the steps of the Cynthia Okeke Charity Foundation, so they can collectively provide more knowledge and information that would help the children achieve a better reproductive life.

Meanwhile, Festus Abigail, the Executive Director of FAB Treasure Foundation, in her remarks, said that menstruation is a natural part of life, and every girl deserves to experience it without shame or barriers.

“We have seen firsthand the transformative power of education and access to sanitary products in empowering young girls to embrace their mensural periods with dignity, hence this initiative

“By providing education and resources, we are not only addressing immediate needs, but also fostering a generation of empowered women who can advocate for themselves and others,
Abigail added.

 


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