Menstruation. One word girls are meant to be familiar with growing up and yet most times its taboo to bring it up. The boys think itâ€™s a disease and your father would have a heart attack if you brought it up. You are forced to ask your mothers, aunts and sisters about it in whispers. This is the way things have been for a while and I will be honest and say something needs to change.
There is a huge gap in educating the public, particularly girls about menstruation. Any talk of it is brief and very uninformative. If what girls are learning today is the same as what I did, more than half of them are left feeling even more confused about their bodies and what menstruation is.
This is where Pad Heaven Initiative comes in with their #What200CanDo campaign. The organization has been donating sanitary pads and panties to girls for 3 years. They now want to take it a step father and break the myth that talking about menstruation is taboo, This is being done through the campaign which seeks to look for funds to publish a booklet for school going girls on Menstruation and Sexual Reproductive Health.
Pad Heaven Initiativeâ€™s â€œPath to Womanhood â€œ booklet has been developed to help school girls manage menstruation . The booklet is recommended to girls ages of 9 and 14, their parents, guardians and teachers.
Objectives of the booklet:
To describe the changes that takes places in young girls during puberty
To explain what menstruation is and why it happens.
To Provide tips on correct sanitary pads usage and disposal
To Provide information on pain management during menstruation
To provide tips on personal hygiene
Tips to boost self esteem
Information on HIV and Aids
Frequently asked Questions regarding menstruation
You can help Pad Heaven achieve their goal by simply donating Kshs. 200 to the cause. This can be done by sending money via M-Pesa to 0711919177. You can also get your friends on board for the campign by talking about it on social media using the hashtag #What200CanDo. Kshs. 200 may not seem like a lot of money, but it’s a lifeline that will give 5 girls access to information on menstruation and help them stay in school.
Pad Heaven are also hoping to do a series of books for older girls and also have a book for young boys growing into manhood.