Ezugwu Ebubechukwu who is undergoing her National Youth Service Corps in Zamfara state has brought smile to faces of school children in Zamfara with her project.
The lady in a post sent exclusively to NAIJ.com said she was touched by the fact that young girls had to resort using rags and clothes in place of sanitary pad and took up the campaign of making pads available for them.
She said she also donated white board to a school in the state and this was commissioned on Thursday, March 16.
"The poor rural girls do not have access to sanitary pads, they use clothes, rags as makeshift that usually lead to accidental leaking and might expose them to infections. The cost of one sanitary pad now is 450 Naira. How many teenage girls in the rural areas can afford it? You might ask me of their parents but unfortunately, when the uneducated families and communities discover that a girl has begun to menstruate, she is often considered ready for marriage and no longer receives support for her education. One of the major problems faced by the poor rural girls is not being able to afford sanitary pads.
"Before now, '81% of girls in developing countries have soiled their outside garments during the period' (Oxford University researchers) due to lack of sanitary pads. I wonder how many girls that will have their clothes soiled now that the price of sanitary pad is times two of what it used to be?
"Do we continue to watch our poor teenage girls use rags during menstruation? Should we watch them miss school, feel uncomfortable, shy and Isolate themselves because they really do not understand how menstruation works and how to manage the pains that might occur?
"We all know menstruation is not by choice and so the girl child needs all the necessary support.
"Thanks to NYSC, The State Government, My Sponsors, The Secondary schools and my fellow Corp members for their immeasurable support.
"We were able to
- carry out school campaign on menstruation
- teach the girls how to care and manage their body during menstruation
- make the girls understand and embrace her period with joy
- give them more enlightenment on puberty and reproduction
- reduce the level of girl child marriages due to lack of resources to take care of herself
- distribute 100 sanitary pads for each school
- donate white board.
"My Name is Ezugwu Ebubechukwu and I AM FOR THE GIRL CHILD. #THEIMPACTWITHEBUBE The target: #1000pads #100foroneschool #10Schools"