In 2013, Rozaria Girls Clubs were launched in five rural secondary schools in Murewa, Zimbabwe, namely Magaya, Hurungwe, Chipinda, Kambarami and Chemapango. The topic and range of issues around menstrual hygiene became an immediate hit with the girls. They explored the range of issues from understanding your body, puberty, periods and self-confidence, health and personal care and assertiveness.
“Going to the moon each month ie kuenda kumwedzi, is special and a burden. We are astronauts without the necessary kits for safe landing”, Tambu stressed the point with clarity. Without sanitary towels its hard for the girls. This situation resulted in irregular school attendance and poor performance of girls in school, as well as lack of self confidence.
This festive season, we are appealing to friends to make it possible and provide kits for safe landing to 500 girls in the five girls clubs in Murewa. This will be a perfect Christmas gift for them as they open schools in January. Many of the girls use old cloths, tissue or newspapers. It was shocking at the International AIDS Conference on AIDS and STIs (ICASA) recently in Harare, when Mai Chief Seke shared that in her area some girls use soft cow dung and leaves. We do not have full information about what trauma these girls are going through, due to poverty and high cost of sanitary towels.
Indeed, through your generous gift, we can make a difference for girls in Murewa. Donate or share widely through this project, https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/menstrual-hygiene-kits-5-rural-schools-in-murewa/. At least we can make some of our astronauts smile in the new year. Through Rozaria Girls Clubs, the project seeks that 500 girls in rural five secondary shave access to menstrual health information, sanitary towels and peer support and mentorship, thereby increase their achievements in education and enhance their self esteem. It provides an opportunity for girls to learn about their bodies and their health.