On the 8th March, 2022, Usanii Village Africa, in celebration of the International Women's Day and a part of creating more awareness about gender equality, was able to reach out to the school going girls at Green Valley Orphanage School in Bwera - Kasese, Western Uganda. Kasese district is the current district among the many that we, through art, are able to communicate and increase awareness on social challenges including inequalities that have continued to widen the gap. This leaves the rural girl at stake and backed up with the inadequate access to information in the rural districts, young people are making the wrong choices due to the stigma and poverty associated to menstrual health - this has contributed to the increased rate of school drop out, early marriages and exposure to sexually transmitted diseases among the young girls in Kasese. This is a challenge that adds itself to the already existing ones such as floods, drought and the COVID19 pandemic effect.
During the workshop talking about Period Poverty and Stigma, the community development officer, Mrs Mbusa encourages the girls to always share their menstrual worries and also endeavor to desist from all kinds of lure that may come around when they cant be able to afford pads for themselves by sharing with the teachers, and community leaders who are committed to supporting them; she appreciated Usanii Village Africa for the good intervention in ensuring that girls have access to pads for free and most importantly the reusable ones that can take them through for along period thus reducing their worries. She committed to working together with the organisation in ensuring that the impact is enhanced.
Usanii Village Africa is committed to creating positive change in the community to create a peaceful world for the children and youth through empowerment, resilience building and fighting for social justice.