Dignity kits for adolescent girls

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…as Princess Senate Mohato Bereng Seeiso hands over dignity kits to adolescent girls.

By Lineo Ramatlapeng

For adolescent girls in disadvantaged communities in Lesotho, menstruation means missing nearly a quarter of their school time yearly if they miss a week monthly.

Most adolescent girls from families struggling to make ends meet cannot afford to purchase disposable sanitary products resorting use old clothing, or even animal skins or wool to manage their periods.

Such methods, KDNews understand to be both dangerous to their health and often lead to shame.

But to ensure the dignity of these adolescents the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) a humanitarian non-profit organization with United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) will be launching the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), on July 23 at the Royal Palace.

The relief fund project will be launched with Princess Senate Mohato Bereng Seeiso handing over dignity kits to adolescent girls.

The relief fund will be assisting 2500 adolescent girls in five districts with funding to the tune of M1.4 million.

The relief fund also includes young women, people living with disabilities, and people living with HIV and AIDS from the districts of Maseru, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Mokhotlong and Quthing.

LRCS’s Health and Social Services Coordinator, Moluoane Ramakhula said relief fund is also going to give 50 000 people information about Gender-Based Violence, HIV and AIDS and Reproductive Health.

Ramakhula said the relief fund project started in January and was delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown that was imposed in March prompting for three more months to be added to the project that will now end in September 2020.

Ramakhula also adds the project is into a draught crisis as well as COVID-19.

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