The Rot0ract Club of the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS) has donated sanitary pads to 103 girls in two schools at Dorimon in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.
The beneficiary schools were the Dorimon District Assembly Primary and the Dorimon Senior High Schools where each beneficiary took home two packs of the sanitary pads.
The items valued at GH₵2,286.00 are to support the girls in their menstrual cycle and keep them in school during the period for at least the next two months.
The Head of Committee of the Rotaract Club, Mr Aaron Dassah said on Friday that the gesture was geared towards promoting punctuality among adolescent girls in schools.
He expressed regret that due to poverty in some rural communities in the region, parents were unable to provide sanitary pads for their daughters in the face of continuous increase in the price of the product.
Mr Dassah indicated that it was common for girls to stay away from classes due to their inability to afford sanitary pads saying ”distribution of items coupled with education on reproductive health were critical in building the confidence of the girl-child.”
He assured that the club would continue to engage in such gestures while sensitising girls on their sexual lives to enable them make informed decisions on their reproductive health.
“We advise you to always keep yourself as neat as possible during menstruation and also urge the boys to desist from stigmatising the girls because of menstruation,” he said.
He used the opportunity to advise the young girls against having sexual relationships with men, stating that such connections were injurious to their education and personal development.
The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the Rotaract Club for the kind gesture.
Rotaract is a subsidiary of the Rotary Club of Wa, which was created for students of the SDD-UBIDS who were interested in humanitarian services to join and consolidate resources to help the poor and vulnerable in society.
FROM RAFIA ABDUL RAZAK WA