After realizing that for many girls in Uganda, life stops when they get their period, Africa Media Education Literacy Ltd (AFMEL) an organization with a passion to create sustainable change in education for the current and next generations has set out to establish a Menstruation Hygiene Fund to help minimize the enormous problem.
“We have a great opportunity to promote education through a theme Menstruation affects us all, Take the initiative to keep the girl child in school and to educate the boy child, on the normality of the menstrual cycle,” Mr Dixon Ampumuza, the team leader AFMEL says.
The team has organized an awareness peace run, to have the children and public understand and throw light on the challenges surrounding the menstrual cycle. The run will be held on the 30th September 2018 at Kololo airstrip under the slogan Run to keep girls in School at a participation fee of Ugx 5,000 with two runs 5Kms and 10Kms.
The event is sponsored by UNICEF through Menstruation Hygiene Program Agency. Other partners are Peace Works Initiative, TheUgandan.com and Global Peace Foundation.
“We are hosting this event to promote and achieve the vision that regardless of tribe, religion, political affiliation, gender, nationality, and economic status, high education dropout rates will affect generations to come and our nation as a whole,” says Mr Ampumuza.
A list of activities will be held on the day, which includes public health clinics, blood donation, and distribution of materials that educate the participants on how to stay health and the menstrual cycle.
“We have been working in relevant fields for quite a while, and believe that more partnerships will come on board as objectives of the event a sure fire success.
Peace Run will be an annual event and we invite all members of the public to participle in this noble program to provide valuable support to the children of this nation,” says Mr Ampumuza.