Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School

by The Kasiisi Project
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Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Sanitary Pads Keep Ugandan Girls in School
Mituuli Primary School  wins 3rd prize
Mituuli Primary School wins 3rd prize

This year marks 100 years of excellence in Girl Guiding  in Uganda. While many girls travelled to Kampala to join competitions  at the national level the Kasiisi Project celebrated the event locally. We were in a great position to do having held a ForGirlsSake funded Girl Guide leader training program earlier in the year, ensuring that  all our schools has girl guide troups.

128 Guides ( known as Girl Scouts in the USA) and 16 Guide Leaders from 16  Schools met at the Kasiisi Project farm camp ground for 2 days of competition and camping. The event was voted a great success and requests were made to make this an annual event.

Kasiisi School Guides are the Winners
Kasiisi School Guides are the Winners
Guides Presenting a Poem to Judges
Guides Presenting a Poem to Judges
Guides Raising Local and National Flags
Guides Raising Local and National Flags
Guide Leaders Receiving Certificates
Guide Leaders Receiving Certificates
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We were asked by a neighbouring school district to hold workshops to teach their girls to construct homemade reusable menstrual pads (RUMPS). Store bought pads are beyond the reach of many rural Ugandan girls, especially when the COVID epidemic has hit so many family budgets. A lack of pads means that girls often miss school for 5 days a month. RUMPS, made from easily obtained scrap materials can be washed and reused many times, giving girls a budget friendly alternative to commercial products. Senior woman teachers and five girls from each of 7 schools attended a workshop run by our staff. They will now teach their new skills to their peers.

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Motorbike taxis distribute school work
Motorbike taxis distribute school work

 

In the face of continued school closures, poor access to educational resources, and waning student, engagement early marriage, teen pregnancy and child labor are all on the rise in Uganda. Lack of education impacts all children but those from marginalized communities like ours are impacted most and girls most of all.

Most of our children have not been on school for almost 2 years. To combat the impact of COVID-19 on our schools our wonderful staff has sought to ensure children continue to learn! Every two weeks our team assembles and delivers home learning packets to over 2,500 students in rural areas surrounding Kibale National Park. Completed work is collected, marked and returned to the students.

Distributing school work in villages
Distributing school work in villages
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Kyakatara girl making Reusable Menstrual Pads
Kyakatara girl making Reusable Menstrual Pads

When schools opened in Uganda briefly in May we were all primed to being sexual health programming to Grades 4-6 on the 16 schools we work with. Sadly schools closed again at the begginning of July - likely unitl 2022 - but what we achieved in one month shows the potential impact of well organized, properly funded projects on girls' wellbeing.

 535 girls in 16 school health clubs received weekly after-class health programming for a total of 2,745 student activities in the first month. Numbers were restricted to members of school health clubs because of COVID and lessons were 30 minutes long.

Topics differed from school to school, depending on areas that teachers felt were of prime importance to their particular students.  They covered a range of subjects intended to help girls stay in school, giving both practical health advice (e.g. personal hygiene, constructing re-useable menstrual pads, nutrition, HPV vaccinations etc.) and psychological support for everyday challenges including returning to school after COVID. 

 

Vaccinating girls against cervical cancer
Vaccinating girls against cervical cancer
Kyakatara girls making RUMPS
Kyakatara girls making RUMPS
Girls Health Activities June 2021
Girls Health Activities June 2021
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Ugandan students are returning to school and colleges are opening their doors. Released from lock down our secondary school graduates are busy investigating the next steps in their educational journey. This is an especially important choice for our 10th Grade girls. They need to find a career path that speaks to their interests and skills, will allow them to upgrade as time and circumstances permit, will pay them a living wage and will enable them to combine work and family in the future.

In March 2021 four of our girls chose a new course at our local Mountains of the Moon Univeristy - A certificate in Surgical Theatre Techniques. The 2 year course will qualify them to work specifically in the field of surgery. We wish them the best of luck.

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Barbara Cozzens
Watertown, MA United States
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