NGO trains school girls on hygiene in Kaduna
To mark the International Day of the Girl Child 2020, the Kindling Hope Across Nations Initiative (KHAN) team sensitised girls from the Government Secondary School (GSS) Kwangila in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The day is set aside to celebrate girls every year with the theme for 2020 being, “My voice, our equal future”.
According to a statement from KHAN, it said, it saw the need to train girls on how to make reusable sanitary pads as it was discovered that most girls cannot afford sanitary pads. These girls were within the age range of 10-19 years.
The Senior Programme Officer of KHAN, Ozohu Otonoku, said the global day started in 2012 arising from the need to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
A team member, Mary Bala, sensitised the students on menstrual hygiene and how imperative it was to maintain a healthy hygienic practice when menstruating in order to avoid infection.
The firm emphasized on hygienic practices by the students such as having regular bath, shaving the pubic region with a clean blade and having a regular change of their sanitary pad.
Participants were also split into two groups for a practical demonstration on how to make reusable sanitary pads using three methods.
The Principal, GSS, Kwangila, Mrs. Maryam A. Suleiman, along with the teachers who were trained promised to replicate the training to other students.
For the girls and the tailors present, they committed to making more reusable pads affordable so they can eke a living from it.