Mission for Community Development (MCODE) and The SOL Foundation have defined a pilot programme in Buikwe, Uganda to change and educate boys and girls using the power of sport about the normality of females going through their menstrual cycle.
Problem to be tackled
Adolescent school going girls in the rural areas where MCODE works encounter a number of challenges in managing their menstrual periods ranging from lack of proper management knowledge, accessing management supplies to the pain they experience during menstruation as well as stigma by boys and men, this also being associated to myths and norms attached to menstruation.
Mission for Community Development have been carrying out menstrual hygiene management activities in the previous years but sport was not incorporated in their intervention as compared to the proposed pilot project.
Matches and training sessions will be organised with keen consideration and consultation with the academic timetable and the same matches used in delivering the information will also be used to evaluate the impact made; so sport will be used as a tool to reduce discrimination, isolation and trauma as well as a solution to one of the challenges associated with menstruation.
The targeted group are the vulnerable school going adolescent girls who encounter challenges in managing their menstrual hygiene because of lack of adequate information and supplies, are stigmatised and experience pain during menstruation, and whose parents live on less than a day that hardly earn an income to be able to buy disposable pads for their adolescent daughters.
The project aims at youth aged between 9-19, mainly girls, including children with special needs.
With the support from The SOL Foundation, Mission for Community Development will be able to set up their pilot programme in Buikwe, Uganda using the power of sport and in particular football to change and educate boys and girls about the normality of females going through their menstrual cycle and change the way they think about this regular occurrence.
Mission for Community Development (MCODE) ‘s mission is to empower individuals to improve their lives and promote community driven development in the rural areas of Uganda with focus education, health and economic enhancement.