By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, The Eye Opener: Youth and Women Foundation, (TEO) on Wednesday distributed menstrual kits to vulnerable girls in Trikania Community, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The event organized in collaboration with the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria, (PPFN), supported by the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA), saw thirty girls gifted with UNFPA branded bags containing menstrual pads, tablets of bathing soap and cases, shawl, and packets of detergent, towls, toothpastes and brushes, among others.
Founder of TEO, Mrs. Margaret Julius, said health education and child care is a priority to the foundation, and said all hands must be on deck to get the best from the future leaders.
She disclosed that about 80 per cent of TEO team is made up of women since they understand children’s problem more and have the heart and mind to tackle such from the root.
The TEO boss thanked UNFPA for the donation of the kits to the beneficiaries whom most are orphans who needed help; reiterating that, “TEO will continue to work on the girl-child to make sure they are healthy and also abstain from drug abuse.”
A parent, Mrs. Philomena Lukas, commended the group for the kits, noting that parents would be relief for the next 3-months, as menstrual pads are costly these days; and called on the government, corporate organizations, liked minded NGOs to borrow a leaf from what TEO is doing for the girl-child in the state.
One of the beneficiaries, 15 years old SS.3 student, Rachael Edward, from Maraban Rido Community, thanked the group and urged governments at all level to make menstrual hygiene a priority in its budget so that kits are given free to the girl-child just as condoms are free.
Similarly, the Village Head of Nasarawa Community, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, commended the NGO for selecting his community and subjects for the project. He said due to economic downturn in the country, most families today find it difficult to get daily meals for their wards, and could hardly afford menstrual kits for their girl-child.
Highlight of the event include, a minute of silence observed for late Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim, Executive Director, PPFN who recently passed away.
Dignitaries at the event include; Village Head of Sabon Gari, Alhaji Khalid Idris, who represented the District Head of Gwagwada, Alhaji Shitu Abdullahi; Village Head Nasarawa, Alhaji Adamu Adamu; District Secretary Gwagwada, Lawal Magaji Mabudin Gwagwada; JNI Chairman Nasarawa, Mal. Halliru Abdullahi;
Others are; CAN Chairman Sabon Gari; Mai Ang. Nasiru Hussain Nasarawa; Mai Ang. Magaji Mailafiya; Mai Ang. Mr. Kambai; Shatiman Sabon Gari; Ubandoman Sabon Gati; Gora Sabon Gari, Mr. Adams; and JNI Chairman Sabon Gari, Mal. Umar Moh’d.