Help Girls in Western-Zambia with Sanitary pads!! (Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC))

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Advocate for a law on free tax on reusable sanitary pads for school girls in Zambia

In Zambia, girls often miss school because of difficulty managing menstrual periods without sanitary supplies and facilities.

GIRLS in Zambia miss school for 4 days in 28 days loses 13 learning days equivalent to two weeks of learning every term. In an academic year (nine months), a girl loses 39 learning days equivalent to six weeks of learning time. Without access to sanitary pads to contain the flow, girls stay home, because of this girls often use dirty rags or mattress pieces, newspaper or even sand and leaves or sitting on cow patties instead. Doing this puts them at a huge risk of infection. This is a clear indication that a girl child is a school drop-out while still in school.

Girls in Western province, Zambia have asked for our help! We plan to provide reusable sanitary pads to 5000 girls from primary and secondary schools aged 10-18 years from marginalized locations and slums since these are the most affected, the reusable sanitary pads are a great solution to this problem because are super cheaper, effective and sustainable on a long term basis. They last anywhere for 4 years when used properly, allowing girls to live freely without worrying about how they will purchase sanitary towels for the next month. This also means they can go to school everyday and get an education that will allow them become economically empowered!

If poor attendance of girls in school is not addressed as a result of inadequate facilities that respond to girls’ menstrual challenges, because most girls lack supplies to safely and hygienically manage menstruation while at school, girls’ school attendance becomes less consistent after fifth grade. Zambia risks missing achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Number: -
 Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
 Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong Learning.
 Goal 5: To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
 Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainability of water and sanitation by all.
 Goal 8: Promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full productive employment and decent work for all.

Schools in Zambia have no budgets to support sustainable supply of menstrual pads for needy girls.

Therefore my Organisation "Maboshe Memorial Centre - MMC" is planning to advocate for a law on free tax on reusable sanitary pads for school girls in Zambia, We feel this move would improve access to education in Zambia where many poor girls cannot afford reusable sanitary products and girls in rural schools do not miss on their life long opportunities of acquiring quality education. Do you think this could work out?

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Re: Making sanitation happen: turning ‘political will’ into action

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is Western province, Zambia's largest child organization; everyday we bring real hope to millions of children in Western's hardest

Millions of people in Zambia do not have access to clean safe water, this means, Zambia is losing 5% of its GDP as a result of poor water and sanitation infrastructures, access to clean and safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity. We note that 6.5 million lack access to improved sanitation leaving 2.3 million to practice open defecation while only 43% of the 8.4 million rural populations have access to improved sanitation facilities.

Out of 53 countries in Africa, Zambia is in the 16th lowest position in terms of access to water and the 30th lowest in terms of access to sanitation. Diarrhea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene kills 800,000 people every year, including more children under the age of five than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) under Maboshe Rural Water Initiative (MRWI), MMC is working to free diarrhoea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene in communities of Western province, Zambia with high cases of unprotected wells, Maboshe Rural Water Initiative (MRWI) conduct drilling of water wells, hygiene lessons to improve water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors among school going children and children under the age of five (5) years, build model pit – latrines in communities, hand wash facilities to enable children wash their hands after using their toilets, conduct community awareness on the importance of practicing good hygiene such as washing hands after using the toilet to avoid cases of diarrhoea, promote good behaviors practice of washing hands after using the toilet.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No. 6 adopted in September 2015, MMC has resolved to fix this and achieve safe Water, Sanitation and good Hygiene (WASH) for school going children, under 5 years children and community people by 2030. Therefore, we need to contribute to this effort to make our home and communities a safe place free of diarrhoea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene

MABOSHE RURAL WATER INITIATIVE (MRWI) works in rural/remote communities of western, Zambia to support school going disabled children and other vulnerable children under the age of five (5) years with access to clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and works towards improved response to clean water and reduce diseases with its offices in rural/remote districts of Western, Zambia with its professional team who go out to the villages to work with the local people on WASH projects. MRWI works to free community disabled children and other vulnerable children under 5 years old from diarrheal caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene in communities of Western province with high cases of unprotected wells, MRWI conduct drilling water wells, hygiene lessons to improve Water, Sanitation and hygiene behaviors among school going disabled children and other vulnerable children under the age of five (5) years, build model pit – latrines in communities, hand wash facilities to enable children wash their hands after using their toilets, conduct community awareness on the importance of practicing good hygiene such as washing hands after using the toilet to avoid cases of diarrheal, promote good behaviors practice of washing hands after using the toilet.

MRWI is working with communities, villages and schools, helping disabled children and other vulnerable children in rural/remote communities of Western, Zambia! And its programs have a long-lasting impact. Good hygiene practice is maintained thus avoiding some of the life-threatening diseases. Families with access to water are able to grow their own food. A reliable source of water means small scale village farmers can harvest crops throughout the year instead of just in the rainy season. As a result surplus food can be sold at local markets. The program build on the power of rural/remote communities to solve Water, Sanitation and Hygiene challenges in providing Innovative Village Small Grants (IVSG) to expand and improve their solutions to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene crisis.

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Re: Help Girls in Western-Zambia with Sanitary pads!!

Girls Issues in rural Zambia. In rural Zambia girls face many problems that put their health at risk, preventing them from getting a good education and fulflling their potential. The cycle of poverty starts early and they are most vulnerable during adolescence. Born into poor families many girls fail to stay in school; many are tempted to have sex for money - just to survive or buy simple things, like a pen for school; or are married as early as 13 or 14 because their family cannot afford to feed them. By their late teens they often have children, no husband and may have an STD or AIDS. Support our project of Help Girls in Western-Zambia with Sanitary pads!! www.youcaring.com/Sanitarypads

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Re: Looking for Grants opportunity in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Zambia

Receive greeting from Mongu district, Western, Zambia.

My name is Patrick Maboshe, i am among the member of SuSanA forum, am working with local NGOs called Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is a tax-exempted child sponsorship not-for-profit making humanitarian aid NGO founded on the 24th November, 2006 in memories of the late Dr. Rodney Aongola Maboshe Maboshe in Mongu, Western, Zambia and registered under the laws of Zambia, focusing on helping disabled children and other vulnerable children (school dropout girls, young mothers, disabled children, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) from poverty stricken families go to school and raise their voices for the right to education in working for communities where all children, mainly girls can learn and lead without fear.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) operates through established structures such as: - Namakau Mukelabai Memorial School, Maboshe Drop In Centre (Shelter), Community House Fund, Maboshe Rural Water Initiative (MRWI), Maboshe Small Village Bank Fund (MSVBF), Maboshe Legal Clinic & Child Rights Unit, Family HIV/AIDS prevention and ART adherence clubs and Maboshe’s Gift Scholarships and district community centres.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) under Maboshe Rural Water Initiative (MRWI), MMC is working to free diarrhoea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene in communities of Western province, Zambia with high cases of unprotected wells, Maboshe Rural Water Initiative (MRWI) conduct drilling of water wells, hygiene lessons to improve water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors among school going children and children under the age of five (5) years, build model pit – latrines in communities, hand wash facilities to enable children wash their hands after using their toilets, conduct community awareness on the importance of practicing good hygiene such as washing hands after using the toilet to avoid cases of diarrhoea, promote good behaviors practice of washing hands after using the toilet.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is also working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No. 6 adopted in September 2015, MMC has resolved to fix this and achieve safe Water, Sanitation and good Hygiene (WASH) for school going children, under 5 years children and community people by 2030. Therefore, we need to contribute to this effort to make our home and communities a safe place free of diarrhoea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and a lack of hygiene.

During my official trips to Western province communities and villages find that many people are still practicing open defecation meaning that people do not have improved access a toilet, hygiene and clean safe water, access to clean and safe water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity. I noted that lack access to improved sanitation leaving people to practice open defecation with no access to improved sanitation facilities.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) is encouraged to lobby for more resources from cooperating partners to cascade the new toilet and hand washing factices with high diarrhoea cases in the province, over 15,000 school going children, under 5 years children and community people will be assisted with water filters, improved models of pit-latrines and hygiene behaviors in reducing incidences of diarrhoea cases.

MMC charity organisation facebook page: - www.facebook.com/maboshememorialc
MMC charity organisation twitter: - twitter.com/mmc_office
MMC charity organisation Blog: maboshememorialc.blogspot.com
MMC charity organisation Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/…/maboshe-memorial-centre-8272718a/
MMC charity organisation instagram: www.instagram.com/mmcmonguheadoffice/
MMC charity organisation website: - www.maboshememorialcentremmc.yolasite.com

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