By Joan Peace Adomat
In a blustling City, the streets of Kampala , the rhythm of life carried on but there were voices often unheard, stories often untold.
Among those stories are the young girls who face a unique challenge, Menstruation.
This natural stage of life, a sign of maturity became a daunting experience for those who could not afford the necessities.
Menstruation is the monthly discharge of blood and Mucosal tissue from the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina. This is characterized by the rise and fall of hormones triggered by falling progesterone levels.
The first period called Menarche, usually begins between ages of 12 to 15 . However Menstruation starting as young as 8 years would still be considered normal, average being 28 days. It lasts around 3 to 7 days and girls lose about 20 to 90ml ( about 1 to 10tablespoons of blood in a period).
Amina, a bright- eyed girl of 9 years, found herself on the streets due to circumstances beyond her control. She is among the many young girls facing trials of adolescence without a support system.
Amina’s Menarche arrived unannounced and bewildering, with no elder to guide her, she turned to her new found friends on streets for help.
As days turned into months, Amina and her companions faced a harsh reality. Sanitary towels , a basic necessity for their dignity and health, were priced beyond their reach , they had no choice but to improvise using rags and old clothes which posed risks to their health and comfort.
Amid their struggle, a spark of hope flickered in the heart of the City. A group of compassionate individuals had taken notice of these abandoned girls plight. Led by sister Grace, A Roman Catholic nun with unwavering dedication to helping those in need initiated a project to provide free and affordable sanitary towels to girls like Amina.
Sister Grace and her team, organised awareness campaigns advocating for the importance of Menstrual hygiene and dignity. Collaborating with local businesses and generous donors to ensure a steady supply of ST .
Amina and her friends once stunned by society, now had access to the essentials they needed. They were no longer forced to compromise their health and safety during their periods.
The story of Amina and sister Grace’s Mission became a Beacon of hope not only in Kampala but also in the hearts of Many.
It highlights the undeniable truth that menstruation , a natural part of growing up should never be a barrier to dignity and education.
The tittle “Flow of compassion: A tale of Menstrual Dignity “, reminds us that in the face of adversity, compassion and collective effort can break down barriers and ensure that every girl, regardless of her circumstances can embrace her journey into Womanhood with dignity and pride.