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Our Girls Programs
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!