The lack of proper facilities and essential sanitary items for older girls meant that they regularly missed days in school and this fact struck a chord with many - hence the very positive response to our ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ initiative.
The initiative was very enthusiastically supported by many loyal individuals, small groups and also larger Churches such as Mount Pleasant in Ebbw Vale and St Augustine’s in Rhymney Cardiff. They provided the essential items necessary for the preparation of the packs to be distributed to the girls in schools, both mainstream and special needs, in and around Monze, Zambia.
Primeldah and Alasdair, the sewing and knitting department ladies, were delighted to receive the materials and eager to put the packs together, but, more than that, they understood the necessity of the project and were keen to visit schools and talk to the girls about menstrual hygiene management.
We have received photos of the ladies talking to the older girls in Muumba school, Monze, and they will soon be travelling to Naanga Special Needs school where the children board. The headteachers at both schools are keen to improve the attendance of girls and welcomed the initiative.
On behalf of everyone at HHI and HHZ, Primeldah and Alasdair - who now have a new and exciting aspect to their work – and especially the girls whose chances of a better education have increased, may we say a huge ‘Thank you’!