GIRL HEALTH & SUPPORT PROJECT

UGANDA

Menstraul health of school girls

Many young women and girls in Uganda suffer due to poverty, and this makes their lives even harder when it comes to the time of their menstrual period. They cannot afford sanitary pads and other items, and so stay away from school during this time, or even end up dropping out completely. They need help!

What is the Girl Health & Support Project?

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The Girl Health & Support Project educates and supports poor teenage girls who had difficulty in coping with their menstrual periods in Uganda. 

 

The Girl Health & Support Project started in 2014 by Florence Talemwa, a Ugandan mother and secretary of a primary school. She noticed the difficulties that the school girls were experiencing during their education and wanted to help. The project was originally named the 'Girl Child Project' however the name was changed to the 'Girl Health & Support Project' in 2019 to be more relevant to the cause.

Why does the Girl Health & Support Project exist?

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Many vulnerable girls suffer greatly during their menstrual period, not having access to sanitary pads or hygiene knowledge. A vast number end up skipping school or dropping out altogether because of this, thus missing out on their crucial education. The Girl Health and Support Project was started in order to deal with this issue!

Interview about the Girl Health & Support Project

What is the solution?

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The solution that IRFF UK has implemented is for a team to meet these vulnerable girls and young women, educate about their menstrual period, and offer them sanitary pads, pain killers, underwear, etc.

By providing teenage girls with this service, many girls’ lives are transformed. It also prevents the practice of desperate girls tempted to go to “sugar daddies” in order to receive gifts in exchange for sex which has consequences, as well as the use unhealthy pads, such as dirty rags, which often result in their catching dangerous infections.

 

The goal of the Girl Health and Support Project is to reach out to and support 2,500 vulnerable girls each year at a cost to IRFF UK of £3,200.

Interview about the Girl Health & Support Project

Note: The project has been renamed from the time this interview with Florence was filmed.

Donate here to the Girl Health & Support Project

 

The goal of the Girl Health and Support Project is to reach out to and support 2,500 vulnerable girls each year at a cost to IRFF UK of £3,200.

IRFF UK thanks all our loyal donors who are constantly contributing to our projects' success.