Our Teen girls program began last year and was a bit of a collaborative effort between the incredible gals at Lunapads, the founders of Afri-Pads and the many volunteers who contributed towards the creation of our teen-girls manual. At the time, we were holding yoga classes with teen girls and giving out reusable menstrual pads which were donated by Lunapads.
Along the way and with the support and guidance of Lunapads, we partnered with Afri-Pads, an amazing non profit established by a handful of Canadians to help provide washable menstrual pads to school girls in rural Uganda. Our teen girls's manual is now complete and thanks to a donation from Afri-Pads and other donors, we're putting 100 girls through our teen-girls program this year. Below is an update from Uganda on the first workshop!
This week we held our
first teen-girls workshops on the Maternity Centregrounds inNsaasi village. The girls had a fun filled
week and made new supportive friendships. Yoga was a huge hit as many of the
girls in the group are daughters of the women in our income generating group
and they are nowpracticing together
at home.From sun salutations to
partner poses it was evident that the girls were becoming more aware of, and
confident in their bodies.
The week began by
recognizing the importance of women. From collecting firewood and raising
children to being musicians and doctors, the girls acknowledged the importance
of the many roles women fill in Uganda. Each of the girls chose a mentor, a
role model in their life who could guide them and answer their questions about
health, sex, HIV and how women can live a better, safer and meaningful life.
During the interactive
workshops the girls were given multiple opportunities to discuss openly and ask
questions in a safe environment about safe-sex, healthy relationships,
menstruation, the importance of proper nutrition, preventing HIV/AIDS and supporting
those living with HIV/AIDS.
The girls were overjoyed
when they were given a package of re-usable menstrual pads, which will allow
her to attend school and do other activities while she is menstruating.