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Regional News of Sunday, 22 September 2019

Source: savannanews24.com

WPP donate sanitary pads, educational materials to school girls in Savelugu

Amel Nancy Dery presenting the sanitary kit and educational materials to a beneficiary

The Women Powering Possibilities (WPP), a social media women group in Ghana has donated sanitary pads and educational materials to over 200 girls in four basic schools in the Savelugu Municipality of the Northern Region.

The beneficiary schools include; Savelugu Experimental JHS, Savelugu Girls, Rawda Atfal JHS and Savelugu M/A JHS.

Women Powering Possibilities is a Women and Children Advocacy Group with its branches across the country. The group seeks to support women and young girls in the less privileged communities in Ghana.

The donation which targeted needy but brilliant pupils forms part of the WPP objectives to educate young girls about reproductive health and personal hygiene.

Speaking at the Rawda Atfal School, where the presentation was done, the CEO and founder of the Women Powering Possibilities (WPP), Madam Amel Nancy Dery noted that, menstrual hygiene management is a very important aspect in the life of girls and women, adding that, managing adequate hygiene is quite challenging for menstruating young girls especially those in deprived communities.

Madam Nancy Dery revealed that, the Pad Project under the theme “Give one, Win one” is the association's main project for the year 2019 that seeks to distribute pads to young girls in the less privileged communities in Ghana.

She added that, the initiative will encourage girls to stay in school during their menstrual cycle and improve hygiene management among young girls.

The WPP Founder said many young girls miss school when they are menstruating because they cannot afford or have no access to sanitary pads, adding that, non-availability of sanitary pad made girls in school feel uncomfortable when they are in their menstrual cycle, thus stay out of school for the rest of their menstrual period.

She hinted that, often these girls run the risk of infection from using unhygienic products such as rags, newspapers, toilet rolls, feathers and among others.

Madam Nancy Dery said, WPP as part of its objectives will educate women and girls on reproduction health, reiterating that, the pad project is to make sure each young girl receive packs of sanitary pad and some learning materials.

“For the 4 schools put together, each received 6 packs of sanitary pad and that should serve them the last quarter of the year”. She stated

She, therefore, called on parents to support their girl-child to stay in school when they are menstruating.

The WPP Founder thanked the executives and members of the group who have in diverse ways make the donation a success.



Madam Amel Nancy Dery again thanked organisations and individuals who have supported the Pad Project and called on other benevolence organisations for support and partnership to ensures that girls in school have access to sanitation pads.

“We say big thank you to our Project Ambassador; Margaret Dery, who in diverse ways assisted in seeking sponsorship outside of the organization to support this course”. She acknowledged

Executive Member of the WPP, Hajia Shafarawu Haruna urged the girls to seek medical attention when they are experiencing abnormal severe pains during menstruating, “Don’t take any medicine to ease menstrual pain, always go to the hospital if you are feeling so much pain”.

One of the beneficiaries, Mohammed Hikima on behalf of her colleagues thanked WPP for their gesture, adding that, the sanitary pads and educational materials will go a long to help them stay in school.