Empowering Girls through Menstrual Hygiene: Valfasam Care Initiative’s Ground-breaking Campaign
In a ground-breaking event held on the 30th and 31st of May 2023, the Valfasam Care Initiative, a distinguished non-governmental organization (NGO), launched the “End Period Poverty Campaign.” This momentous project garnered support from SixInk, Big Family 360, The Gazette (Nigeria), and numerous individuals within and outside the country. Aimed at adolescent girls in schools and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Adamawa State, this campaign aligns with the global objective of celebrating the 2023 Menstrual Hygiene Management Day and working towards Making Menstruation a Normal Fact of Life by 2030.
Importance of Menstrual Care and Addressing Challenges
Conceived and designed by the passionate minds at Valfasam Care Initiative, the End Period Poverty Campaign shines a spotlight on the significance of menstrual care while emphasizing the challenges faced by individuals denied access to sanitary products. Faith Samuel, the founder and executive director of Valfasam Care Initiative, is a prominent advocate for this cause. She articulates that societal myths surrounding menstruation have long fueled misinformation and misunderstanding.
Faith Samuel affirms that the campaign was initiated with noble intentions. It seeks to uphold girls’ unquestionable right to education, as detailed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She further stated, “The girls were educated about menstruation, its importance to every woman, how to maintain hygiene and the necessary steps to take in case of abnormalities.”
Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023
Valfasam Care Initiative celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023 by distributing Dignity Kits containing sanitary pads, soaps, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. The organization aimed to sensitize and raise awareness about menstruation, reduce the stigma often associated with it, and create more awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene among girls aged 12-19 in Waro Jabbe Junior and Senior Secondary School, Jambutu Junior and Senior School, and Fufore IDP Camp on 30th-31st May 2023. The campaign reached a population of 300 girls, with 100 girls per school and camp.
Key Discussion Topics and Objectives
During the campaign, the following topics were discussed:
- Highlighting the importance of menstrual care
- Distribution of Dignity Kits including pads, soaps, toothbrushes, and toothpaste
- Raising awareness about the challenges faced by those without access to sanitary products
- Creating awareness of the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma
Active Participation and Knowledge Sharing
Adolescent girls, who had previously received training, actively participated in planning and organizing the event. This not only demonstrates the effectiveness of Valfasam Care Initiative’s program but also aims to inspire these young participants to share their acquired knowledge with their peers. By doing so, they contribute actively to developmental issues and bring about much-needed change.
Dignity Kit Distribution and Promoting Menstrual Hygiene
In addition to providing essential education and raising awareness, Valfasam Care Initiative distributed Dignity Kits to participants. These kits included sanitary pads, soaps, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. The distribution of these kits underscores the organization’s commitment to fostering menstrual hygiene, reducing stigma, and promoting awareness about its importance among women and girls across Adamawa State.
Memorable Activities and Symbolic Gestures
One notable activity during the event was the crafting of menstruation bracelets by the participants. This symbolic gesture beautifully echoes the essence of the campaign, creating a memorable moment for all those involved.
Valfasam Care Initiative’s Impact and Future Goals
The Valfasam Care Initiative’s ground-breaking “End Period Poverty Campaign” is a commendable stride towards normalizing menstruation and promoting menstrual hygiene. By addressing these crucial issues through education, awareness campaigns, and direct action, the organization is effecting a paradigm shift that will undoubtedly lead to healthier, more informed societies. With continued efforts and unwavering commitment, Valfasam Care Initiative is paving the way toward Making Menstruation a Normal Fact of Life by 2030.
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