Kudvumisa Foundation had the privilege to hand out 55 Days for Girls packs to the young girls of Nkambeni community in Swaziland, Africa. We met the girls November 18th during a community outreach at a local community center where we provided the community with HIV testing and counseling, basic medical care, health dialogues, and a delicious meal of cow heads to celebrate the gathering.
Nombuso educated the girls in two groups, the girls ranged from age 10 to 16. The girls were very excited to learn how their bodies work and paid close attention as Nombuso explained how to use the cloth pads while they were on their periods. A girl even demonstrated to the group of girls how to put the pad into the panties properly.
When asked what they currently use now when they have their period they replied that sometimes they use washcloths, toilet paper, and even newspaper. They said they often get rashes because the materials are rough on their skin.
The girls happily lined up as they received their Days for Girls packs. They proudly looped the draw bag around their arm or even wearing it as a backpack throughout the day. They were grateful for Days for Girls because their skin was going to be rash free and they weren’t going to miss any more class because of their period!