Recognizing the negative impacts of silence around menstruation on millions of women and girls who see their monthly cycle, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation set out to take action to break the silence and demystify some of the myths and taboos normally associated with menstruation.
Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation held menstrual hygiene management workshops in 10 schools across 5 locations in Nigeria to mark the 2019 Nenstrual Hygiene Day, themed; Its Time for Action. The revelations and feedbacks gathered from these workshops were overwhelming and buttresses the need for everyone, everywhere to join hands to end period poverty.
The schools engaged in the workshop and their locations are as listed below:
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
Solid Rock International School, Lugbe, Abuja
Federal Junior Secondary School, Sheda, Kwali, Abuja
The menstrual hygiene workshops at the federal Capital Territory, was held in two schools, and facilitated by 5 Hope Spring team members. The total number of participants from both schools were over 1,000, including teachers and non-teaching staff of the schools. 1,000 pads were distributed to participants. The key event highlights were the first menstruation experiences shared by students and their challenges in school, which the students mostly identified to be lack of a safe toilet and water to help them maintain their dignity during menstruation.