Feb 27, 2020

Education is Making a Difference in Rural Nepal

Thanks to you, we are making progress in Nepal! Days for Girls’ recent collaboration with the Oda Foundation resulted in 17 new Training of Trainers graduates in the Mahawai and Suva Kalika rural municipalities. These new trainees (ages 19-24) participated in a week-long intensive theory of menstrual health education. Using Days for Girls flip charts, they learned how to address topics including:

  • Average days of bleeding
  • Puberty 
  • Female and male reproductive systems
  • Menstruation process
  • Menstruation calendaring
  • Importance of menstrual hygiene, including proper hand-washing
  • Instructions on care and usage of DfG reusable pads
  • Self-defense
  • How to recognize and avoid human trafficking

Unfortunately, in Nepal, discussions on menstruation are often taboo. These new trainers learned to speak with confidence, boldness, and without shame or embarrassment. They are now prepared to teach girls the joy that comes with knowing that their bodies are healthy, normal, and strong. 

While working in the field, one of the new trainers was confronted by a local faith healer and accused of “spreading nonsense regarding menstruation.” The young trainer reported, “In the past, this would make me feel bad, but having gone through the training I now feel proud. Proud that people know I am spreading education and awareness on menstrual hygiene. I am proud of myself and see myself as a change maker."

Armed with these newly acquired skills, our amazing new DfG Training of Trainers graduates are conducting Ambassador of Women’s Health (AWH) training in their communities. Because of your donation, they are able to give out our beautiful DfG washable pads while using language that emphasizes the beauty of being female. 

While interacting with local girls, these AWH trainers are deconstructing the myth that menstruation is impure and emphasizing that chhaupadi (the dangerous tradition of relegating menstruating females to huts) is unnecessary and inappropriate. 

Thanks in large part to your generous contributions to this project, over a recent three month period of time, nearly 3,500 girls were armed with knowledge and tools to handle their menstruation with dignity. And we are confident this trend will continue to Shatter the Shame in rural Nepal. 

Namaste!

Feb 5, 2020

The Power of Education

Thanks to your donation, we are helping girls who are learning to be proud and not fearful of their periods. Our programs work to shatter stigma and limitations associated with menstruation by giving them the tools and knowledge to end the silence. This allows for increased confidence in managing menstruation, increased body literacy, and decreased shame and embarrassment around puberty. As a result, communities view menstruation as healthy and positive and women and girls have a supportive environment to manage their periods to stay in school and enjoy life 

Each health education class opens up life-changing conversations about dignity and self-worth. This is where we celebrate girls and change the narrative from shame to celebration.

 
Thanks to you, these conversations have reached 1.7 million women and girls around the world! 

Jan 6, 2020

Happy New Year!

DfG Enterprise Leaders in Ghana
DfG Enterprise Leaders in Ghana

Happy new year to our GlobalGiving family! At Days for Girls, we rang in the new year with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for this past year, and determination for the year ahead. With your support, our Africa-based Enterprises were able to reach over 50,000 girls and women across the continent in 2019! This double impact saw girls and women gain access to environmentally friendly products and women’s health education, while simultaneously supporting an income and leadership opportunity for African women (and men, too!). 

Yet, while we worked with existing partners to maximize impact and reach, we also doubled down on strategic planning so that we can ensure every resource and opportunity is bringing us closer to Every Girl. Everywhere. Period - with sustainable menstrual health solutions. This included intensive conversations around theory of change, market analysis, supporting operational efficiency, and investing in evaluations. Recent evaluation results in Rwanda saw a 30% increase in the percentage of girls who preferred washable pads as a period solution following DfG Kit distributions. Meanwhile, girls in Ghana saw a statistically significant reduction in shame and distress while managing menstruation following their Ambassador of Women’s Health training. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we hope to learn and achieve as we head into this new year. Thank you for traveling this journey with us, and supporting improved menstrual health for girls and women across Africa!

 
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