Starchild on International Day of the Girl Child
11th of October is International Day of the Girl Child. This year's theme is 'With Her: A Skilled GirlForce'. To highlight the day, Alliance members Starchild tells us about how they keep girls in school with the Sanitary Care and Health Campaign Makapad!
Following text is written by Starchild charity.
Many girls in Uganda are forced to drop out of school when they reach puberty as they cannot afford the basic sanitary care and hygiene. Some have no option but to go home and sit in the sand for a week, missing important classes and exams. Girls managing to continue with their schooling might be teased by the boys, as still this natural cycle is perceived in a negative way, something ‘dirty’, and can often lead to embarrassment for the females, resulting in a drop in the girls’ attendance.
Each of approximately 200 senior schoolgirls attending Kabungo Secondary School, in Masaka and in St Francis Primary School in Masaka receive pack of Makapads, and underpants, keeping them in class for another year. We also support senior girls in St Eliza in Jinga.
Makapads are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and hygienic. They were designed and manufactured at Makerere University in Uganda. They are completely natural, made from Papyrus and paper waste. Popular due to the cost effectiveness and ability to last for up to ten hours in heavy flow. They are as comfortable as any mainstream brand.
“We appreciate your support of the Makapads. We were rescued from the use of local or cloth pads, the pads are smooth and soft, and enables long time use. They enable proper sanitation. We are happy with your generous services which enables us to stay in school.” Senior 3 girls
“We would like to extend our sincere thanks for the opportunity you have given to us, providing us with sanitary pads, because they have been of great use to us, more so to those who would not afford them. They have also enabled us attend school at daily basis and not miss exams.” Senior 4 students
Read more about Starchild Charity and their projects here.