Girls in Gumbo primary get hygiene kits

About 350 adolescent girls in Gumbo Basic primary school have yesterday received sanitary pads in order to keep them at school.

The girls were given 4boxes of sanitary towels commonly known as “always” to help them stay in school as they pursue their education.

Many girls who spoke to Juba Monitor revealed that they often miss classes, especially when they are in menstruation period.

Rebecca Anyieth Akech said she wants to be a pilot in the future. “I really appreciate Miss World South Sudan and her team for helping us with these important sanitary pads,” she said. “If my mother doesn’t give me money for buying the pads, I always stay at home”.

Akech appealed to other well-wishers to help school girls.

Agnes Dramiyo Marthino who said she lost both parents, told Juba Monitor in an interview that she often face many challenges when her menstrual periods starts coming.

“It is so difficult for me to get the hygiene kits such as always and other scholastic materials,” she said.

Marthino said her dream is to be a political leader so that she would support the orphans, “with this donation, I am not worried because it will still help me for the other two months.

For Monicah Aduei Thon, a primary eight pupil said sanitary pads are very important for school girls.

“No girl can stay in school without always,” she said. “It is a vital requirement for all the girls, all the concerned bodies should support the girls by providing them with pads,” Aduei said.

Benard Ladu the Head teacher of Gumbo Basci School said no girl can stay in school without the assurance of sanitary pads.

“The need for sanitary pads comes anytime, we as the school have tried several times to buy for those who need them, but our resources are not enough,” he said.

Ladu said in the past, there were some organizations that used to support the girls with the pads but they have ceased the support.

He appreciates the Miss World South Sudan for thinking about the future of these girls.

Ajah Kiir former Miss World South Sudan advised the young girls to take education as a priority for their future.

“Today we are here doing our best to support you because we know the reasons why you miss school,” said Ms. Kiir the initiator of the program keep the girls in school.

The “keep girls in school” campaign is also set to benefit other school going girls in Jonglei state.


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