It’s the start of the year and our train of charity resumes to continue to deliver love and hospitality to as many as we can reach. We resumed the year’s outreach program at the Ede Muslim Grammar School, Ede on the 7th of February, 2023. The event was a girl child and the pad outreach tagged, “I need to know”, it was hosted in commemoration of the international women’s day celebration to enlighten the girl child on their body parts and ensure they know more of the delicateness of their bodies as young women.

The program commenced at 10:30 am and was anchored by the project manager of the Osun branch, a nurse in the person of Mrs. Oluwatominiyi Mabel, and an office assistant. After a proper introduction and brief lecture on the importance of women in society and the reason for the celebration of women globally, Mrs. Oluwatominiyi addressed the students on good menstrual hygiene, menstrual cycle calculation, proper food consumption during menstruation and the usage and disposal of sanitary wares.

Other discussions included Private part hygiene (shaving of private part hair, correct measure for anal wash), hygiene practices and management during menstruation, Menarche (first period), menstruation blood, menstruation cycle and ovulation, menstruation symptoms, misconceptions about menstruation, the use of sanitary pad as opposed to the use of cloth and tissue paper for menstruation, correct use of sanitary pads and proper sanitary disposal, changing of sanitary pads at intervals during menstruation.

The nurse went further into demonstrating the right way of usage with the use of underwear and a Molped pad, not leaving out the importance of using products that are pocket-friendly and best suit their body’s preference. A total number of 288 sanitary pads were distributed to all the students present while the teachers received 24 pairs to be distributed amongst themselves.

The program concluded with a photograph session with the students and other individuals from the school, a gratitude speech was delivered by the female head prefect and Mrs. Lawal, one of the school teachers.

We must begin to educate young women on proper menstrual hygiene and general maintenance of their bodies, especially at their young evolving stages of development. This will enable them to become more conscious of themselves, live healthily, and most importantly be able to enlighten others from their personal experience and what they have learned. We must also shy away from concealing such topics of discussion and embrace female gender awareness in our society.

Donations of sanitary pads and sponsorships of programs geared toward female enlightenment are also welcome. Checkout photos below:

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