Girls Programs 2017-04-13T16:26:38+00:00

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Our Girls Programs

The need

In Sierra Leone, menstruation is a significant barrier to education. In our schools, 20% of girls who have started their periods miss school when they are menstruating. Menstruation and menstrual hygiene is not talked about to girls in Sierra Leone, so many are surprised and afraid when they start their periods, and have no supplies to manage it. In our schools, 93% of girls who have started their periods did not know what menstruation was before they had their first period.

Why it’s important

Research by UNICEF and other international organizations shows very strongly that the positive economic impact of educating girls is profound for communities in developing countries like Sierra Leone. Providing menstrual hygiene tools and reproductive health education is a direct way to keep girls in school and support their healthy growth and development.

What we are doing

Schools for Salone conducts reproductive health education with girls and boys in our schools, and distributes Days for Girls menstruation kits to girls who have started their periods. Our team is currently in the process of establishing a center to sew these kits in Sierra Leone to make them more affordable and accessible to women and girls. We are also working with communities to eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation, which affects approximately 90% of women and girls in Sierra Leone.

Read our posts to learn more about what is happening with our girls programs!

Here are some of our most recent projects…

Menstruation Kit Production Officially Launched!

July 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The kit production element of our Uman Talk program was officially launched on June 30, 2017! Juliet and our two tailors completed their first 100 kits, which were on display at the June 30th [...]

How Menstrual Hygiene is Changing Lives

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

We just started the 3rd quarter of the US Embassy grant for our Uman Talk program, and the response from girls who have participated in this program has been incredible! From January through March, [...]

Keeping Girls in School!

August 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Keeping Girls in School!

We are excited to announce that Schools for Salone's Uman Talk Program is being awarded a $60,000 grant from the US Embassy Sierra Leone!!! This grant will be used to expand our reproductive health education [...]