Date for your diary- 28 May is International Menstrual Day 2016

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.


International Menstruation Day
Allen, Letricia and Agnes with their Days for Girls certificates

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

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Gerald Karuhanga, MP for Ntungamo Municipality and Ida Horner, LTHT Chairperson discussing with Diana Nampeera, Days for Girls country director the effectiveness of the washable sanitary pads]

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.


An example of the products included in the DfG kit: a shield and two liners

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.

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About the author: Maria Alvarellos is a Program Manager at LTHT and can be contacted via Twitter  @malvadri



Community Medical Centre Update- Photo Essay


Back in February I was in Ruhanga and this what the community medical centre looked like. A few months on and I am amazed by the amount of work that has gone in

And here is a video clip from my visit

As you can there was an awful lot of work to do


A few months later and the side walls are on as well as the roof and the plastering has started


Ann- standing outside a nearly finished patients WC


The inside is plastered


This outside verandah will also form part of the waiting room – it is a great facility to have as folk can take shelter from the both and the sun and the rain


One of our army of volunteers hard at work with a paint brush! What a way to spend two weeks in the sun!


Another volunteer sealing the floor. I think he is having a whole lot of fun there!


View from the front- scaffolding is gone- Well almost


The foundations of the patients WC


All the hard work has paid off- painting done!



Yet another volunteer working on the benches for the patients waiting area


This is Ian our chief volunteer. Ian has been instrumental in getting the plaster and paint onto the walls.


The doors are on too and painted!


The verandah is done too

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Photo update of work at the community health centre

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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Work on the Community Health Centre gets underway

Head Master Office and Staff room

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.


Pit Latrine construction


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

In the mean time we would like you to do one or two favours


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