Seventy-one Days for Girls hygiene kits were distributed at St Mary’s Primary School in Hwange, Zimbabwe yesterday. Thanks to a generous donation from the Stanwood Camano Island Chapter group, the kits were purchased a few weeks ago from the local Days for Girls Enterprise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
As these are reusable menstruation products, they go such a long way in helping girls ensure that they have adequate supplies. Comprehensively packed into a beautiful cotton bag, the kits are of an exceptionally high quality and include reusable pads and replaceable inners, a towel, soap, underwear, and period tracker chart. Two of the Days for Girls representatives from the Victoria Falls enterprise joined us for the distribution, to chat with the girls and give a demonstration on how to use the reusable pads. A crucial aspect of the distribution is also providing girls with an educational and motivational talk. With the stigma associated with menstruation and basic sexual health and awareness, conversations such as these are a vital part of their education.
As examination classes have now returned to school for the first time since March, there are only a few weeks left before these students write their final Grade 7 exams. Ensuring that girls have the opportunity to finish their primary schooling is so important, and because many end up skipping school due to menstruation, this will give them a vital opportunity to attend school and be present for the final few weeks that they have left in the 2020 academic year. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks once again to the Stanwood Camano Island Chapter for their continued support and the positive difference they are making in the lives of so many.