On Sunday the 10th of June, Girls Excel had another successful implementation of its sensitization campaign on Menstrual Hygiene Management with girls and women in Mbonjo Island in the Limbe III municipality.
The event was organised in partnership with @Ndems Communication, @Kmerpad, @The Advocate Cameroon and the Dockyard/Mbonjo Island Community.
Using a Non formal educational approach, the event was interactive and participatory involving different presentations and questions and answer sessions. It began with an introduction from Girls Exce’sl Fundraising Officer Ms Daina Magha Mujar followed by a short address from Ms Delphine Konda about the vision and mission of Girls Excel. She further thanked the community for welcoming the Girls Excel team into their space.
The first session on Menstrual Hygiene Management was presented by Ms Delphine Konda, Managing Director of Girls Excel, Ms Olivia Boum of KmerPad and Ms Azangi Enaveline, Program Coordinator of Girls Excel who made a detailed presentation of the topic as well as demonstration on how to use and dispose of different types of sanitary pads. Our partners from KmerPads even engaged the participants on how to use FAM, reusable sanitary pads which are bio degradable, long lasting and can be used for up to a year.
Another presentation was done by Ms Rita Zaumu, CEO of Ndems Communication who made an impressive presentation on Early and Forced marriages, a phenomenon affecting 1 in 3 girls before they turn 18 years and which is very rampant in the Mbonjo Island/Dockyard community. Ms Zaumu used her personal experiences as a case study to educate the community on the dangers of early, forced and child marriages.
Her presentation was followed by a session on the importance of Girls Education led by Ms Monica Laisin, Communication Officer, Girls Excel. At the end of the event, over 50 girls received REUSABLE SANITARY KITS from Kmerpads and DISPOSABLE SANITARY KITS from Girls Excel, Ndems Communication and Just Food as well as individuals. Media coverage was provided by @The Advocate Newspaper.
Pictures: Ndems Communication and The Advocate NewspaperG
To commemorate the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018, Girls Excel in partnership with the Cameroon Development Cooperation (CDC), The Womens Worldwide Web Menstrual Hygiene Day – Global Cameroon Association of Media Professionals – CAMP organised a one day sensitization campaign with girls and young women in the CDC Debunscha camp on the 26th of May 2018. The event which was celebrated under the theme #NoMoreLimits Empowering women and girls through good menstrual hygiene’ mobilised over 60 girls and young women.
It began with a welcome note from the Estate Manager of the CDC Debunscha camp Mr Ndive Hans and the Communication and Public Relation Manager Mr Manyanye Ikome who welcomed our team and applauded the initiative as well as all the other partners who made the event possible.
It was equally followed by a presentation from the Girls Excel team which included a brief history of the Menstrual Hygiene Day and the importance, challenges and benefits of Menstrual Hygiene Management.
At the end of the presentation, adequate time was allocated for a Q&A session where the girls asked different questions about their reproductive health and these questions were answered by a health personnel (Nurse) made available by CDC. Some of these questions included;
1. What causes Menstrual cramps and what can be done to ease the pain?
2. Why do some girls menstruate twice in a month?
3. Is it true that Menstrual cramps can be transfered from one girl to another?
4. Is it true that chocolate and other sweet things causes menstruation to over flow?
These and many more were some of the questions answered by the CDC health personnel. At the end of the event, all the partners received a vote of thanks from the girls who asked when next our team will be coming to Debunscha for another educational activity. The event ended with the distribution of sanitary pads to over 60 girls who participated in the event.
We use this opportunity to thank all our partners and supporters who financial and moral support made this event successful. We especially thank Reference TV in Limbe for providing Media Coverage during this event.
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
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In April 2016, Girls Excel launched a new campaign called ‘Donate a pad and keep a girl in school’. This ONGOING campaign kicked off in April with an appeal of support on social media to raise 500 packets of sanitary pads to be donated to girls in rural communities and refugee camps in Cameroon on May 28th which is Menstrual Hygiene Day. Read More