I just wanted to tell you how much I am using your teaching on Menstrual Hygiene Management to impact hundreds of girls here. Teaching at the Nkambe Field Youth camp last Thursday, where more than 70 girls were touched by the teachings emanating from a man. It was awesome and I thank God for Girls Excel – Koyoh Nformi
This is one of the messages that we received from one of the members of the Mbiplah community in the Ndu sub division in the North-West region of Cameroon. This is just one of the many positive reactions that we received from a community outreach program that Girls Excel organized on the 27th of May 2017 in Mbiplah to commemorate Menstrual Hygiene Day in the North-West region of Cameroon.
It is worth noting that Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global platform that brings together non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media and individuals to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). MH Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work. It catalyses a growing, global movement for MHM and supports partnerships at global, regional, national and local level. MH Day also creates opportunities for advocacy for the integration of MHM into global, national and local policies, programmes and projects. The 4th edition of the event which was celebrated globally on the 28th of May 2017 was commemorated under the theme “Education about menstruation changes everything”.
Girls Excel organised a one day educational outreach to champion the cause on ‘YES to Girls and Women’s health Education’ on Menstrual Hygiene Day and reached out to over 120 girls. Every girl who made it to the educational outreach program did not only go home with Five months’ supply of sanitary pads each but also with knowledge on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Our team had great technical and logistic support from the community who did not only give us a hall to accommodate more than 120 girls and young women who participated in the event, but the District Medical Officer (DMO) of Ndu sent out two of their staff to support with the educational component of the program which involved comprehensive and appropriate sexual and reproductive health education for teenage girls.
At Girls Excel, we are passionate about the empowerment of girls because we believe that the empowerment of the girl child is beneficial to the entire community. With 1 in 10 in Sub Saharan Africa skipping school because of lack of sanitary pads, access to menstrual hygiene management and sanitary pads for girls in rural communities has been a mission for Girls Excel since 2015. As opposed to last year’s event where Girls Excel supported 50 girls in Mabeta Fishing Station with menstrual hygiene management and 500 packets of sanitary pads, and another 50 girls in Tole with 500 packets of sanitary pads, this year, we expanded our number of beneficiaries as well as the number of sanitary pads distributed. In total, over 120 girls benefitted from sexual and reproductive health education and 755 packets of sanitary pads.
Thanks to a rigorous online and offline fundraising campaign mounted by the Girls Excel team lead by our Fundraising Officer Diana Magha, we received support both from institutional and individual supporters both in cash and in kind and their support was instrumental in the successful implementation of this event. This event will not have been possible without the support of our incredible partners such as:
• Menstrual Hygiene Day-Global
• Evangelische Auengemeinde, Berlin, Germany
• The Head Teacher of GS Mbarseh
• District Medical Officer (DMO), Ndu
• Religious and Traditional leaders
• Mrs Njamnshi Confidence
• Mrs Rakia NfuNfu ngeh
• Mr Emmanuel Ngeh Ngafansi
• Mr Nyanganji Kingsley
• Mrs Comference mbunwe
• Mrs Carol Kosep
• Mrs POCHE Tamba N
• Miss Nerice Ngeh
• Mrs Nelris Mukuh Kongor esp Mburli
• Mrs Ashu keren
• Mrs Ndenge Colette
• Mrs Naomi Ngwana
• Mrs Neola ntuntu
• Mrs Ericka Manna
• Mr Derek shei
• Mme Danielle soumanie king