A week before celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016, three young women from Itojo sub-county graduated from the Days for Girls University, a 2-week residential course to learn how to make washable sanitary pads and soap, become women’s reproductive health ambassadors and understand the basics to run an enterprise.
Gerald Karuhanga, the MP for Ntungamo Municipality who fully supports the exemption of taxes in women’s sanitary products, attended the graduation ceremony at the Days for Girls centre in Kamwokya, Kampala.
He would like to see a considerable reduction on girls ‘ school dropouts due to a lack of access to an affordable and sustainable alternative to reusable sanitary pads and would like Uganda to be an example to other African countries in their quest to provide girls and women tax-exempt sanitary products. o ignored
Let Them Help Themselves (LTHT), a UK based NGO which has recently opened a branch to operate in Uganda, has sponsored these three young ladies to attend the course and start up an enterprise to make washable sanitary pads in Ruhanga, Ntungamo.
LTHT is hosting an event at Jerusalem Tree Cottages in Ntungamo town next Saturday, May 28 coinciding with International Menstruation Day to bring together local politicians lead by Hon. Gerald Karahunga, men and women from all walks of life to talk about menstruation and the challenges girls and women face every month due to poor menstrual hygiene management infrastructure and lack of access to affordable sanitary products.
It will also be a great opportunity for the three graduates to introduce the washable sanitary pads to the community and promote women’s reproductive health among the attendees.
LTHT is hoping the event will be the trigger of a long journey to end with the existing taboo about periods and reproductive health in the rural areas of Western Uganda.
Last week we announced that work had on the Community Health Centre had started in earnest. A big thank you to those that have heeded our call for support. It is a huge undertaking and we are grateful for all the support that we can get
It is all hands on deck now and even the children joined in by carrying a brick or two to speed things up
First things first- patient toilet is going in first- sanitation is a big aspect of improving the health of the community
The other aspect of our work is ensuring that all work where ever possible is undertaken by local people.
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Phew! It is August already, the Olympics have come and gone. Really proud that one of the Gold medals went to Stephen Kiprotich a Ugandan long Distance runner. Did you know it is 40 years since Uganda won a gold medal at the Olympics! This is a cue to get our school children interested in sports, you just never know the next Gold medal winner may come from Ruhanga.
So what have we been up to in the village
A fair amount but suffice to say, We have got off to a good start this year and have already completed a girls only toilet at the school to ensure that the older girls can remain at school, we completed a school kitchen so we can feed the children whilst they are in school, and work is under way on the Community Health Centre which we hope to complete by the end of the year.
These are the beginnings of a pit latrine that will be made available for the use of of callers to the health centre
It is only a pile of bricks now but stay tuned. We will be updating you with progress of the construction work
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