According to Plan International, the lack of proper menstrual hygiene management for girls affects different aspects of their lives and have a bigger impact on their education, participation, dignity, health, and the economy.
For girls in Liberia, having your menses means staying out of school. This is due to the lack of education on menstrual hygiene management, the lack of essential products such as sanitary products and separate toilets with doors that can be safely closed, or the availability of means to dispose of used sanitary pads.
Addressing menstrual hygiene management is important because it contributes to achieving a number of the sustainable development Goals (SDGs) including quality education (SDG 4), gender equality (SDG 5), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6).
Love Your Menses, Inc. was founded in 2019 in Boston, MA in response to the growing menstrual wellness needs of young people. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we provide a platform for girls and young women to become more aware of their bodies and to embrace the transition period from pre-puberty into puberty. Our goal is to create a safe and uplifting space to dispel myths surrounding menstruation while empowering individuals to love their menses.
As leaders in the menstrual equity movement, we have been providing free menstrual products to girls and women worldwide. In August 2020, we provided 125 girls in Monrovia, Liberia with 3 months worth of menstrual hygiene products. While distributing pads, we recognized the need for improved bathroom facilities for girls and boys at Brighter Future Foundation School. We strongly believe all girls and boys deserve equitable access to safe and clean bathroom facilities while at school.
The Bleed And Stay in School (BASS) project seeks to achieve its general objectives of encouraging girls’ retention in school by promoting menstrual hygiene management through the following specific objectives:
1. To establish menstrual hygiene clubs in 4 schools (2 Public, 2 private)
2. To build and equip WASH facilities with menstruation products.
3. To conduct health education workshops on menstrual hygiene management for 100 girls across the 4 schools we work with in Liberia.
In March 2021, our team of volunteers in Liberia will be building new bathroom facilities for girls and boys at the Brighter Future Academy School System in Liberia.
As a small nonprofit organization, we rely on the support of our family, friends , and community to help fund our projects. We are kindly asking for your support in helping us complete this project, as the students at Brighter Future Academy School System deserve proper bathroom facilities.
For more information, please visit our website: www.loveyourmenses.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org