Childreach Nepal run a fantastic project called Project Chhori, aims to raise awareness of menstruation and reproductive health, and to launch a school enterprise scheme for adolescent girls.
Besides making adolescent girls aware of menstrual hygiene and reproductive health , this project has specifically focuses on the production of low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads. This training programme as part of the project has focused on developing skills as well as providing the local community with low cost sanitary pads, the revenue of this is then reinvested back into the business. The making and distribution of sanitary pads to girls has significantly improved health and well-being by ensuring they do not resort to unhygienic materials. The project has already seen increases in attendance and a reduction of drop out of girls due to existing social stigma and embarrassment. Adolescent girls are the most vulnerable to these existing societal, UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 girls skip school 4-5 days a month when menstruating, or drop out completely, because of the social stigma attached to menstruation. They are ashamed and end up falling behind in school which, becomes one of the major factors of dropping out of school. The school drop out of adolescent girls in rural Nepal has become one of the major reasons of girl trafficking.
This is why the project is vital, particularly in rural communities and in January 2017, Childreach Nepal installed new sanitary pad making machines at one of our partner schools in Thangpalkot, Sindhupalchowk, and trained the teachers, parents and a selection of students on how to use it. The picture above shows some of the equipment used and the teachers being trained in how to use the machines in order to train other members of their community.
Since then they have celebrated 'World Mentrual Hygiene Day' and saw a fantastic turnout at the Shree Ganesh Secondary school, Sipadol, Bhaktapur. The project is growing in success and as you can see from pictures they are ensuring that young boys are also getting involved in aiding in breaking the silence of talking about menstruation and reproductive health.
We look forward to future updates on the project and sharing these with everyone!
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