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APad2Agirl campaign is a menstruation hygiene project that is designed to educate about 4,530 school going girls about their menstruation cycle and distribution of Sanitary Pads. No missing classes doing menstruation!

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Multiple health conditions are affected by the menstrual cycle, but awareness about this relationship is low – both among women and school going girls which can lead to school drop-out or missing of classes or inappropriate treatment. Therefore, YARD-Liberia designed this program under her sexual reproductive health program called Health4Girls #Menstrual Matters, an exploration and information core, to raise awareness about the role of the menstrual cycle, and the usages of model and reusable pads to stay in school. Moreover, to introduce meditation to school going girls. The combination of meditation and health awareness will create an inner leadership and mindfulness in their educational journey. 

More than 3 out of 5 girls miss their classes during menstruation periods. This is due to poor menstrual education, financial status, carelessness, leadership skills, and mind set training, and poor usage of pads. The prices of pads are increasing every day because of the high demands and many school going girls can’t afford to buy the pads to stop the flow of blood under their uniform. Girls are more likely to skip school during their cycles if there isn’t adequate sanitation or education about menstruation. The absent of girls from school during their menstruation period is about 3 to 4 days in a month which lead them to miss 11 to 32 lesson periods in the month. Moreover, in a school year, a girl who skip school because of poor education on her menstruation period losses about 88 or 256 lesson periods. This conduction lead to male students learning ahead of the female students. Government and NGOs are not educating women and girls about menstruation cycle because of it stigma and privacy. Parents are not also educating their girls children deal to poor information render the issue and also cultural and social attitudes. Girls are more likely to drop out of school or fail in school due to the many classes missing. The poor menstruation education is also a great factor to early or unwanted pregnancy among school going girls in rural communities in Liberia. 

The Health4Girls, #Menstrual Matters project proposes to apply interactive discussions and educative awareness among school going girls in rural places in our targeted counties. The discussions will bring together, nurses, doctors, community leaders, school administrators, meditation coaches, and girls to dialogue on menstruation cycle health problems, leadership and the cause of many girls staying or missing classes doing their cycles. We anticipate that this project will create more community base awareness and develop young female leaders into community engagements. There will also be new health methods that will cultivates ideas and effective strategies for promoting menstruation education, economic, civic engagement, family planning and girls health. This project is limited to school in rural places in Margibi and Grand Bassa county.

By applying the interactive discussion, meditation practices and educative awareness among school going girls, this project will provide significant education on menstruation cycle, sexual reproductive health and empowering school going girls with pads and leadership ability by practicing meditation in their daily activities. Moreover, the health volunteer’s guides will engagement more girls in their schools and communities. We expecting this project to motivate girls to stay in school doing their menstruation cycle. Moreover, we believes that interactive discussions and engagements will raise awareness of critical issues addressing women and girls health, menstruation cycle, education, civic engagement, and boost awareness on early marriage and family planning. 

Aims and Objective:

YARD-Liberia envisions a life in rural communities in Liberia where no girl has to suffer in confusion and pain through her menstruation. This program will create an education environment where girls can still in school during their menstruation cycle.

We hoping;

·         To support school going girls and bring awareness to menstrual and sexual reproductive health through access to education

·         To increase awareness among school going girls on menstrual hygiene, build self-esteem, and empower girls for greater socialization.

·         To increase access to and use of high quality reusable pads by school going girls in rural areas

·         To introduce meditation and mindfulness to school going girls in rural community.

Beneficiaries:The primary targets for this project is school going girls between the ages of 12-25 in rural places. The secondary and tertiary audiences are women and girls in the community. The project will be implemented in Margibi County and Grand Bassa.

Number of People to benefits:There will be 4,530 beneficiaries, ages of 15-25.

30 selected volunteer female health guides

2,000 school going girls

2,500 women and girls will be engaged by volunteer female health guides. 

After this project school going girls will get to understand their menstruation cycles and the importance of being in school without skipping classes because of the flow of blood. Moreover, there will be a mindfulness and meditation sessions that will create another leadership self-development skills in the girls. Since this project is a mindsets and behaviors change initiative, the beneficiaries will have a change in mind toward menstruation hygiene, sexual reproductive health, inner peace, civic engagement, and other health issues. The impact will remain and will be share among peers and community dwellers. We are also thinking of implementing this project every year in more rural communities so that the initiative can reach larger number of beneficiaries. 



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