G.I.R.L: Ghana improving rights of learning
"A girl without an education is among the poorest on the planet."
Acquiring Project GIRL
Founded in 2014 by Kelsey Glancy and Jenna Brignola Project GIRL was then acquired by R.O.C. Inc. in 2017. Both R.O.C. Inc. and Project GIRL shared a common mission of promoting health, education, and full civil participation of young African women, specifically women in Ghana. We will be doing this by providing non-disposable sanitary materials that are produced in Africa for African women and girls. No longer will girls have to stay out of school because they are menstruating. R.O.C. Inc. will also be working on adding additional programs to benefit education for women in Ghana including sexual and reproductive health curriculums, female hygiene exams during the January Medical Clinics, and the building of compostable toilets at schools.
In its first year, Project GIRL’s donations led to a 10% improvement in school attendance! Furthermore, of the girls who received pads, 24.2% did not know of pads before Project GIRL, 32.5% used pads for the first time, and 12.5% used money for food, instead of skipping meals to save money to by pads.
Providing these girls with sanitary items not only helps advance their education, but it also encourages the girls to think of other ways to better their lives.
Girls in Ghana have a difficult time getting an education. This is not due to a lack of access to education—but rather to a lack of access to personal sanitary items.
When Ghanaian girls reach a certain age and begin to menstruate, many do not have the sanitary products necessary to properly care for themselves. Because of this, girls tend to stay home from school, which leads to high rates of drop-outs. Without an education, marriage is often the only option for a livelihood, and it is usually with a much older man. In essence, girls in Ghana end up living really difficult lives that lack autonomy.
Providing these girls with sanitary items can improve their access to education by allowing them to stay in school during menstruation.
educational programs and materials to the girls. These programs include a practical demonstration of the use of pads, debunking myths associated with menstruation, and other pertinent information on sexual and reproductive health.