By Kennedy Kuyet
The Messenger of Hope International Foundation, an NGO, on Monday educated women in Piakasa community of the FCT on menstrual hygiene and literacy.
Mrs Chinwe Ogbujah, the founder of the organisation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the event that the outreach was an advocacy against period poverty.
NAN reports that the event tagged: `Fight against Period Poverty and Menstrual Illiteracy,’ is the third edition within the FCT.
“We have been to Kabusa, Durumi and today we are in Piakasa community with the same message of menstrual health, and we are donating disposable sanitary pads to the participants.
“This outreach is divinely orchestrated and this is because, there’s little or no attention at all given to menstrual hygiene and it is the reason we are on this cause.
“We hope to give professional education on the topic because you will think that people know what to do on these issues, but they don’t.
“What they on is based know the knowledge acquired from others. However, they may not know the competence of the person that is transferring that knowledge to them, “she said.
Ogbujah said the outreach had so far impacted on over one thousand women in the three communities visited.
Appreciating her partners and sponsors, Ogbujah said that it was the hope of the foundation to continue the cause and reach more women in different parts of the country.
Agbaji Ogah, a pharmacist, who spoke to participants on menstruation and the concept of ovulation circle, also underscored the importance of hygiene during the period.
He said that hygiene is a personal engagement which varied from person to person, adding that participants were opened to new and better ways of maintaining cleanliness during and after their monthly circle.
One of the participants, Miss Beauty Musa, told NAN that she was happy to benefit from both the new knowledge taught and the piece of sanitary pad donated to her.
She also appreciated the foundation for its kind gesture, adding that she hoped to use what she learnt to make herself a better woman.
Similarly, Miss Favour Christopher, another participant, said that she learnt a lot of things that she didn’t initially know.
“Today, I learnt that the ovulation circle is a running period of five days and it comes 14 days after your period, I really learnt a lot and I’m sure those around me also did.
“I appreciate the foundation for the good job they have done and that they will continue to do for women and girls,” she said.
NAN reports that the foundation aims at intervention projects that will transform lives and keep hope alive, especially in rural communities.
NAN reports that the foundation provides healthcare, intervention projects support in times of disaster and back to school projects among children in communities. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Julius Toba-Jegede