MWENEZI - As part of efforts to improve the conditions of girls from disadvantaged communities, charity organisation Ignite Afrique recently organised a sanitary pads-making course for some Mwenezi school girls and their teachers.
The training was held at Lundi Christian High School with many girls and teachers from different schools across Mwenezi district acquiring knowledge on how to tailor-make their own sanitary pads using affordable material.
Ignite Afrique director Charles Maregere told TellZim News the training was made possible through the support of partners and patrons.
He said he hoped the knowledge gained will help improve the welfare of the girl child in rural areas who can hardly afford adequate supplies of disposable pads.
“Given the current high prices of disposable sanitary pads, we have realised that many girls were at risk of contracting infections during their periods since they use unhygienic alternatives such as cow dung and rags.
“We have realised that the training on making reusable sanitary pads is a sustainable life skill that empowers girls. They will also use the skills gained to form sanitary hygiene clubs in their respective schools. Making pads on their own will help them make extra cash by selling the pads to others in their communities,” said Maregere.
Speaking at the same occasion, Ignite Afrique patron Edith Mugehu, a molecular biologist, urged communities to de-stigmatise menstruation and sanitary hygiene by encouraging open talk on the subject.
“The subject must not be taboo and girls must have the freedom to speak about it freely. We have seen that the stigma has led some girls to manage their periods using unhygienic methods where they risk infections,” said Mugehu.
Participants prised the programme and encouraged more outreaches of that nature, saying it was high time girls are given knowledge on how to handle the natural development of their bodies.
Girls from such schools as Sacred Heart High, Masogwe, Machokoto, Hlezana, Budirirai, Sagwari, Mwenezi Government High and Masogwe Primary School participated in the event.