Train and Empower Adolescent Girls on How to make Reusable Sanitary Pads
Explain your idea in details:
OBJECTIVES: ±To provide training on the production and management of re-usable sanitary kits to girls and women. ±To increase access of vulnerable adolescent girls to comprehensive menstrual hygiene management knowledge and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS among girls. ±To reach women that live in the informal settlements and give them an alternative product that fits their budget and enables them go on with their lives normally. ±The project will ultimately help fulfil the girls of rural Rwandas academic potential and help us stimulate rural industry and employment too! The hygiene levels will go up and women/girls will have their dignity back and proud of who they are and what they can achieve. ±To improve their self-esteem and confidence. INNOVATIVE APPROACHES AND ACTIVITIES: In Rwanda, a country where most families are below the poverty line, what seem like regular everyday occurrences in almost all provinces are quite often major issues. Every month millions of women struggle to deal with issues surrounding menstruation. Sanitary pads are simply too expensive and out of their reach. They therefore have no choice but to use pieces of old foam mattresses, cut blankets, old and unclean T-shirts, leaves, mud, animal skin, toilet paper, bark cloth rags and even chicken feathers instead of a sanitary towel. A culture of shame and embarrassment forces them to keep silent about this practice which is responsible for a significant proportion of illnesses and infections associated with female reproductive health. We would like to provide hands on training to the girls and women in the local communities on how to independently make, clean and care for reusable sanitary kit so as to improve girls access to effective, sustainable, affordable, eco-friendly and safe menstruation products that are sufficient to meet the sanitary needs of a girl for more than a year.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
A big number of girls in Rwanda do not have access to any form of sanitary protection, obstructing good education, economic and social activities. This does not only affect an individuals life and career prospects, it affects the entire community they live in. There is also very little formal support, education or understanding about puberty and sexual health. Fear, superstition, and embarrassment about body changes lead to low self-esteem. Sex can be used as payment for towels and even planned pregnancy in under-aged girls is used to avoid monthly menstruation. Therefore, girls are more prone to dropping out of school, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Through providing training, this affordable, durable, environmentally sound solution enables girls or women to produce the products within their own homes This innovative approach that distributes knowledge and skills, through existing community links that is then brought back to the grass root to help facilitate making the pads are long-lasting and sustainable. Materials will be sourced locally and get labor from the local community thus enabling us provide employment to the community, minimize on costs of production and with additional capital we will be able to save on bulk purchases. By allowing adolescent girls stay in school, prevents early marriage and pregnancy allowing these girls to advance in their education and become successful thus adding a lot to the nations GDP. By incorporating families into the educational campaign, parents will see the value in educating girls, thereby improving the value of a daughter in a culture that exhibits male-child preferences. The availability of affordable reusable sanitary towels to girls in poverty-stricken areas will enhance the enrolment and retention of girls in school thus having a long-term impact on an individual girl and her community development.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Implementation Plan 1. Organizational Awareness and Approval Identify key stakeholders and committees needed to approve the initiative and policy Schedule meetings with various key stakeholders and leaders to pitch about the project. Obtain the legal approval policy. 2. Documents and Materials Procurement Develop training forms and communication materials Purchases the all the necessary equipment to enable the project go live. Find suitable locations to hold training programs. Identify most stricken areas to focus on in the start-up plan of the project. Maintain surplus of supply of materials during the implementation plan. 3. Communication Plan Publish articles and adverts for recruiting employees. Create emails and send to the staffs periodically. Distribute posters for training. 4. Education and Training Plan Identify trainers and schedule train-the-trainer sessions using training content and tools. Identify preferred training session times to enable us determine the most convenient time. Schedule presentations with various groups within the established training locations. Schedule new meetings with stakeholders to update them about the progress of the project. 5. Follow-up and Evaluation Conduct informal oral surveys to determine staff knowledge familiarize with the expected training program to the trainees Check some keys areas after four months of implementation to assess how the changes have been integrated. Communicate progress to the board of administration and stakeholders. Assign questions to the trainees to assess how they are quickly getting familiar with the training program and style.
Everest Bahati: He is a business student at Kepler University, Rwanda. He has passion for business, technology, especially with a relation in HealthCare Management. He has active studied about the reproductive health education of women, and believes that such world's challenges can be transformed into opportunities when invested in the generation. After 4 active years in community development, due to the activities and awareness of the challenge, through innovation of this idea could eradicate the existing challenge --and transform this challenge into development opportunities to the young generation. Regardless of the hardship and struggles, he is passionate and motivated to be problem solver to the real world challenges. He is currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management. With these skills he have obtained and internalised over vigorous years of education and experience, he strongly believe that all challenges have got solutions. And therefore it is his role as an ethical citizen to find solutions to the challenges facing our communities.