Today we recognize, celebrate, and honor the thousands of Ugandan women and girls we work with every single day. As mothers, daughters, educators, students, providers, fighters, and survivors, we are grateful for their determination and resiliency in working towards designing a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
For this International Women's Day, we'd like to highlight our newest initiative, the Maternal Emergency Transport System (METS). With our overall mission to significantly reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in our communities, we recently kicked off the METS program to provide timely transport for women with obstetric emergencies to local health facilities.
Today we are celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day! We provide our female students with "S.O.U.L. Sister Totes" which includes reusable sanitary pads, soap, and a tote for them to carry their pads when they go to school. We also empower our students with education on proper menstrual hygiene and help them to manage their periods effectively and with confidence. Last year alone we made and distributed over 700 reusable sanitary pads, made by our tailoring cooperatives, and we continue to reach more girls every day.
We believe that no girl should be limited by her period and that good menstrual hygiene contributes to a better education and a life of dignity and opportunity for our female students. Girls indeed are the future!