Reusable Sanitary Pads: Made by them, for them
At Musubi Church of God in Mayuge district
Each One Teach One
Shy,timid and reserved were the girls from Musubi Church of God primary school in Mayuge district. Eager to learn and very well conversant with the art of knitting,the older girls in this part of the country found no challenge with the exercise.
Organised in one long line under the mango tree in the school compound,each girl found a spot and sat on the benches we had arranged for that day’s training. Putting thread and needles to use came so easy to these girls. our team of trainers had less work to do here. Not so many teenagers in this country know so much about hand sewing. But like Pros, these girls made their own reusable sanitary pads so fast and very neatly! This is because there is no quick access to sewing machines in this area. No one can afford to even buy and put up a cloth mending business in this area. They are too poor to even afford clothes to put on their children’s bare chests,buttocks and generally bodies! How then can this society afford sewing machines? That is the one main reason why the girls are very good at sewing manually with their own hands because that is all they have got.
Each reusable sanitary pad brought a remarkable difference in each girl’s life. To date,the girls still boast of how they put up a fight against school absenteeism and poor hygiene since the day they got the skill to make and maintain their own sanitary pad. Making a sanitary pad was easy for them but they all knew nothing about the technique of how to put one together. With the knowledge now given,we will spread the Gospel of EACH ONE TEACH ONE. We have tasked each girl to teach their sister,mother,friend about this technique.
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