Our Initiatives

HER DIGNITY INITIATIVE

The Issue

In Ghana, thousands of school-aged girls misses up to 30-50 days of school per year simply because they cannot afford to buy sanitary pads when they menstruate. Others drop out of school due to lack of feminine hygiene products, reproductive health education, access to water and private toilet. Most of these girls do not receive the support and education they need to make healthy, informed decisions about their bodies. As they inevitable fall further behind, statistics show that only 1 in 3 girls will graduate.

The Solution

The initiative supports needy adolescent girls from deprived communities in Ghana to stay in school by delivering reproductive health education and providing access to quality, feminine hygiene products in order to curb the high rates of menstruation-related absenteeism among school aged girls in their puberty. Not only does the initiative provide them with high quality feminine hygiene products so they can remain in school and complete their education they are also empowered to break the cycle of poverty and to place value upon womanhood. Our holistic approach incorporates Menstrual Health Management education and provide access to water, private toilets and sanitary products without which most girls decide to stay home from school during the duration of their period.

Theory of Change

By addressing Menstrual Health Hygiene, the Initiative contributes to improving the health and rights of adolescent girls based on three-thronged approach of our theory of change which includes

Enhanced reproductive health education which empower girls to better understand menstruation and hygiene management. Creating a supportive and enabling environment in which menstruation is socially accepted and girls are not excluded or discriminated against because of their period.

Provision of essential services such as feminine hygiene products, sanitation facilities and clean water.When girls are offered these interrelated supporting services they are more likely to remain in school, complete their education and break the cycle of poverty whilst placing value upon womanhood.

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IMPACT

  • 3000 school girls provided with reproductive health education winning 5000 school days.
  • 3000 school girls provided with feminine hygiene products winning 5000 school days.
  • 20 female teachers trained in Menstrual Health Management.
  • In one study of 200 girls, school attendance increased by 58%.
  • 10 schools with no toilet facilities provided with female only toilet facilities.
  • 100% graduation rate among our female scholars.

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