Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

The WASH Foundation, an evolution of Clean the World Foundation is going back to Uganda! Around the world, on October 11th, nonprofits and communities will be celebrating International Day of the Girl Child and the theme is “Our time is now-our rights, our future.” Adolescent girls in developing countries face a myriad of challenges that limit them from living to their full potential. Issues such as child marriage, son preference to go to school, and menstrual hygiene management continue to keep millions of girls out of school, disproportionately increasing illiteracy rates in women and girls. The WASH Foundation’s previous work in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Uganda and it’s intentional programming around women and girls to address menstrual hygiene management is positioning us to impact approximately 1,880 adolescent girls in Uganda on October 11. The WASH Foundation will distribute safe and reusable sanitary pads and panties to 1,880 adolescent girls in Tororo.

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Photo Credit: Timothy Erau, Uganda
On Monday 10/10, Mebra and team procured a lot of liquid soap. The WASH Foundation distributed 86 jerrycans of 20 liters liquid detergent soap to six schools in Merikit Town Council with each school receiving 14 jerrycans of liquid soap to last them 8 months. Accompanying the distribution of liquid soap will be education on personal hygiene and sanitation. With recent Ebola outbreaks and the Uganda government requesting stakeholders on the ground to educate communities. The jerrycans will be distributed during International Day of the Girl Child event.

On Monday 10/10, Mebra Lwabaayi with The WASH Foundation in Uganda, met with district leaders, head teachers, and senior women teachers to plan Foundation driven Menstrual Health Management and WASH activities on International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, 2022. It was raining heavily and the roads were quite dangerous, but Mebra managed to conduct productive two-day meetings and The WASH Foundation has the entire community excited!

Mebra and team kicked off pre-International Day of the Girl Child Day celebration by visiting Merikit Health Center in Tororo. Mebra educated mothers both pregnant and breastfeeding on the importance and benefits of antenatal care and personal hygiene.
One of TWF’s core Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programs benefiting adolescent girls in multiple ways is menstrual hygiene management (MHM). This program educates girls about the topic of menstrual health and hygiene management. In honor of International Day of the Girl Child, Mebra demonstrated proper handwashing techniques for the girls as well as provided education around menstrual hygiene management.