There is still high drop-out rate due to a number of reasons not limited to poverty, limited parental engagement in education and issues related to menstruation management.
A case is Lwengo district, one of the operational areas for Kisoboka Africa, where many girls have dropped out because their parents claim they are too poor to keep them in schools. During their menstruation periods girls miss up to four days monthly because they don’t have sanitary pads to use and fear being laughed at in schools. Many girls resort to use of clothes paper, banana fibers which comes with more effects.
Kisoboka Africa has for more than 2 years worked to economically empower parents so that they can offer the best care to their children. This has led to an improvement in standards of living at a family level and also enabling children be retained in school.
In celebration of the International women’s day 2019, Kisoboka Africa
The Girls Listening
partnered with Leila Najjuuko and friends and carried out a menstrual hygiene campaign, gave out reusable sanitary pads, sensitized girls on how to use them and care for themselves during menstruation. This was in a bid to empower girls and improve their confidence when in menstrual periods to ensure that they don’t miss school.
At Kisoboka Africa we are working with different partners including schools, non-government organizations. Local governments to ensure that every child both girls and boys access education by working hard to remove barriers.