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Self-reliance

Producing sanitary pads is one of the activities that girls attending Nyava Youth Center run by DAPP Zimbabwe are learning to do.

An important part of any woman’s regular monthly routine is the use of sanitary pads. This is not an issue if the woman in question can go into a shop and buy the pads. It is not a pleasant choice if it is a decision between buying groceries and sanitary pads.

In sub-Saharan Africa, millions of girls, in particular, that reach the age of puberty are highly disempowered due to the lack of access to sanitary wear. Many of the girls from poor families cannot afford to buy sanitary pads.

Among other skills, girls attending HOPE Humana Youth Centre in Nyava are learning to make their own re-usable sanitary pads, enabling many from poor environments to go to school without interruption for a full 30 days every month. This can be an impossible accomplishment for poor girls who do not have this self-help knowledge. Girls say the washable cloth menstrual pads are easy to make and very comfortable to use.

A girl absent from school due to menstruation for four days a month loses 13 learning days, equivalent to two weeks of learning, in every school term. It is estimated that within the four years of high school the same girl loses 156 learning days equivalent to almost 24 weeks out of 144 weeks of learning in high school.

“The knowledge I have in making these sanitary pads is freely acquired and I thank DAPP Zimbabwe that I have it and I will have this useful skill all my life. I encourage parents to send their daughters to me so that I can pass it on as well. The pads I make for myself are more comfortable and much better than the disposable ones available in the shops. They are also very cheap to make and are safe for the environment,” says a 17 year old girl from Munyezvo Village in Nyava area of Bindura District.

Nyava Youth Centre’s Co-ordinator, Lydia Mahonya says, “When this component of the Youth Centre training is combined with the others where the girls sew their own school uniforms, have access to school fees support and Child Rights Training, it makes it easier for the girls to participate in other activities that are important in their community.”

It is the accumulation of such small actions which will make it possible for getting each girl child not left out in accessing education without dropping out.

For more information on interesting development works being done in Zimbabwe visit the page DAPP Zimbabwe.

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Calling for a billion people’s collective action now!

Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our earth and its environment.

The focus is on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever.

With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and villages and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.

Humana People to People has for long envisioned environment protection as a critical element in protecting our earth as we owe it to the future generations. We share the vision of an active global population which is aware of the beauty and uniqueness of our Earth and take part protecting it.

In our many efforts directed at nurturing our planet, Humana People to People members run second hand clothes collection and recycling programs in Europe and United States of America.

We implement 243 Farmers’ Clubs projects which are transforming thousands of rural small-scale farmers in Southern Africa, Latin America and Asia. The Farmers’ Clubs program is developed on the understanding that the future of feeding the billions of people expected to be on earth can only be sustainable through climate smart agriculture built around small-scale farming.

Adoption of low-cost technology, we believe has many answers in solving both farming and energy questions and creation of sustainable communities. Humana People to People mobilizes the community to use the earth’s scarce resources efficiently, among them water. The rope-and-washer-pump, treadle pump and also more advanced mechanized pumps are used to achieve perennial farming that’s efficient in water utilization. In many circumstances such technology has made it possible to create a surplus of food, which can be sold for a profit and give farmers a good living

The attainment of UN MDG goal of Ensuring Sustainable Environment still needs your commitment and my commitment in taking action to avoid the obvious, which is threatening our precious earth.

Happy Earth Day!!!!