GIVE HOPE! Covid-19 Relief Campaign
Wash your hands! This is our number one defense against the COVID-19 virus, the virus that has put the whole world on a full stop.
We have many issues to address like unemployment, shelter, and health but there are some silent social problems that will affect the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our society, especially women and girls during this time of COVID-19.
Period poverty is a global issue that affects women and girls who do not have access to safe, sanitary hygiene products, and are unable to manage their periods with dignity due to cultural stigma and taboo.
It is estimated that about 1.2 billion women across the world have limited access to these menstrual hygiene products. This typically leads to unhygienic practices, like using rough dirty newspapers, old towels, clothes, and napkins in place of pads
School absenteeism in Nigeria is high in number due to period poverty.
Now, there’s period poverty in the context of limited access to sanitary products in the face of Coronavirus. What are women and girls going to do? How are they going to cope with their periods in the face of a lockdown and after lockdown with insufficient funds and access to sanitary products?
COVID-19 is a WASH disease as well, we need MASK, GLOVES, HAND SANITIZERS, SOAP, WATER and HANDWASHING STATIONS in every school and community to prevent the spread of the virus. It is the same way water and soap is essential to women and girls all around the world in these times.
But what happens when you have no water to do so? What happens if you do not have soap? What happens if the water you do have makes you even sicker?
As the developed nations begin to see the pain and impact caused by this deadly virus, I’m reminded that this has been a daily reality for many young girls, women and communities in Africa, especially Nigeria throughout their entire lives. The Coronavirus pandemic cannot be contained without basic hygiene facilities and tools. That means it could spread much more quickly in Africa, especially Nigeria, where there are too many barriers to access soap, sanitary pads, and safe water.
This is why our work at Hope and Dreams Initiative is so vital in these trying times and it is why now - more than ever - we need YOUR help to support and supply schools, young girls, women and communities with the best tools to fight this virus- Education + clean, safe water = healthy communities.
Hope and Dreams Initiative wants a society where all women, adolescent girls, children, and entire communities are empowered to lead healthy and fulfilling lives with equal access to basic education, sanitation facilities, in a safe and healthy condition.
As the threat of this virus grows and puts further strain on communities, it is easy to feel helpless, but there is something else we can do to help fight against it. Aside from keeping safe and following guidelines from medical experts, Hope and Dreams Initiative needs YOUR help to ensure there is safety in the schools and communities we work with.
Let’s fight this virus and support the most vulnerable, together.