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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

In order to boost the girl-child confidence while she observes her menstrual cycle, Rotary Club of Lagos Island (RCLI) District 9110 has given out free sanitary napkins to female students of Victoria Island Senior Secondary School and Kuramo Senior Secondary School, Victoria Island, Lagos.

President, RCLI, Kumar Gulati, speaking at the distribution of the items to the students in Lagos within the week said the club initiated the “SAKHI” project, a pioneer social awareness programme aimed at educating school girls on the importance of education and personal sanitary hygiene. He stated that the distribution will be done on monthly basis.

While noting that the RCLI has been involved in many other social service projects on health and sanitation, blood donation, tree planting, education, among others, Gulati said that a recent survey conducted in Nigeria revealed that lack of proper and adequate menstrual hygiene management system, a by-product of inadequate water and sanitation facility, has an adverse effect on the health and education of adolescent girls.


He noted that equally important to the club is the cost of each pad when poor families cannot afford it, adding that the situation is even worse in the male-dominated family where girls are barred from using necessary products and are instead, forced to use unhygienic products like old rags, magazines, leaves and even feathers, which ultimately lead to infection and infertility in future.

Gulati stated that the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) estimates that one in 10 young girls in Africa miss school during their menstrual period and eventually drops out due to social compulsion, adding that through SAKHI, RCLI aims to create awareness among the school girls and underprivileged girls will be given free sanitary products as well will be encouraged to use it.

The RCLI president said that “Under SAKHI, the RCLI has adopted two schools in Victoria Island including Kuramo College and Victoria Island Secondary Schools, where about 400 girl-students will benefit from the project for their requirement of sanitary napkins,” adding that “every month, RCLI members will visit and distribute the sanitary products to the students and today is the second day of such event.”

During the first launch, several members of RCLI including Gulati, Ashwini Nagarkar, Mousumi Bhayan, Anu Garg, Mousumi Sahoo, Shweta Srivastava, were present and the girls expressed gratitude for the gesture.


Source: https://www.independent.ng/lagos-island-rotary-club-distributes-free-sanitary-napkins-to-lagos-school-girls-2/

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