To mark International Menstrual Hygiene Day 2016, MITRA Samaj/MITINI (SAFETY as hygiene partner) held an orientation program on Menstrual Hygiene Management at the premises of Nepal’s Children Organisation (Balmandir) on 28th May 2016.
MITRA Samaj/MITINI held an interactive session along with fun activities among the children, adolescent girls/boys and the staffs working there. Game and activities were carried out involving the children to make it a fun event to and mark the MH Day 2016.
MITRA Samaj also made a commitment to provide free sanitary pads every month to BAL MANDIR (Nepal’s Children Organization) for the convenience of adolescent girls and female staffs.
Pooja a grade 10 student at Shree Bal-Byabasyai Secondary School who has been staying in Nepal Children Organization (Balmandir) since her childhood shared some of her thoughts about the program and menstruation.
“Menstruation is just a natural process,whereby adolescent girls from age 12-15 on average go through their period cycle every month and discharge blood from the uterus. But there is a misconception in our culture where we are treated as untouchables and regarded as impure during the time of periods. These are all taboos which does not comply with the very truth which is so simple, that it is just natural process.”
“The concept of MITINI initiative and the role it plays towards women is very helpful. It teaches and helps us to know more about menstrual hygiene. Why it is better to use sanitary napkins instead of any cloth? How often to change sanitary pads? Like we know now, it is to be changed in every 6 hours or so. We have more idea; it’s not only about using sanitary napkins but also about disposing it properly.
“The initiative has helped us in a very positive manner. We are happy to be distributed with free sanitary napkins. It also decreases the use of cloth due to the availability of sanitary pads. It makes us feel independent as there is no need to ask others for pads or when we need it, be it in a regular basis or emergency as well.”
“It is very useful that we are being provided with sanitary pads as I will feel much more comfortable with the use of sanitary pads than cloth. Knowing about menstruation and knowledge about maintaining hygiene will help us to keep us safe during our periods. If we adolescent girls do not take proper care of our periods then we might get infections and it can hamper on our health severely.”
“I am very supportive as well as thankful to the MITINI initiative as this orientation program has helped us to understand on how we can manage our periods safely. Also thanks to you and your organisation for providing us with sanitary pads, that too for free. Lastly, I hope that MITINI continues to conduct programs such as these with us and other schools which they have been doing in the past as it is immensely inspiring and motivating.”