By APN Reporter
About three hundred vulnerable adolescent girls from Kahugye sub-county, Kabale District are to benefit from free reusable pads from Community Change and Transformation Initiative an NGO that strives to promote the rights of children and promoting community development.
While handing over two boxes containing 600 reusable sanitary pads to the Kahugye Subcounty Chief Vianny Besigomwe yesterday, the child protection coordinator of COTI Uganda Mrs. Agatha Ninsiima encouraged parents to send their girls children to school since the issue of lack of pads will be solved ” I ask parents to support their adolescent girls and send them to school.
we Know these pads are not enough for now but we shall continue to raise resources to inject in a girl child’s menstrual health.” Agatha said.
She continued to appreciate the adolescent and single mothers that learned tailoring skills and made pads. “During the COVID 19 lockdown, we received support from our donors through Services in Action Canada to buy Sewing machines, materials and train girls on how to make pads for themselves.
These girls have been able to make about 680 sanitary pads and it’s how this support is reaching the vulnerable beneficiaries from hard to reach areas like Kahugye.” Agatha narrated.
Vianny Besigomwe the Subcounty Chief of Kahugye who represented District Education officer appreciated and welcomed the partnership with Community Change and Transformation Initiative.” Thank you for coming to the rescue of girls and even women.
Although we have been in lockdown, lack of pads was the major cause of girl school drop-out in Kahugye sub-county and now we have started getting a solution through our development partner community change and transformation Initiative” Vianny said.
The chief who received 600 pads promised to call school headteachers in Kahugye sub-county so that the headteachers and staff could distribute them to the most vulnerable adolescent girls.
The Sub-county Chief also called parents to send the children to school whether pregnant or mothering as it is an order by the president. On31 December 2020, while delivering his nation’s address, the president of the Republic of Uganda directed that no school authority or parents are to stop girls that became pregnant to attend classes.
The child protection officer Mrs. Agatha assured the Subcounty authority that they will distribute more enough pads as long as the materials to make them are available.
The ceremony of this donation of pads attracted Chairman LC 111 Kahugye sub-county Mr. John Kabegye, councilors among others; Midred Manyire, woman councilor for Rwemihanga Parish, Anna Kyokwinjuka, and Mrs. Pamela Munjuni.
The beneficiary schools include Kahungye,Rwemihanga ,Rubaya and Kabaya parents primary schools.