Most girls stay away from school during their monthly menstruation and thus miss classes for several days every month. This comes from the female period being an extremely taboo subject even within families, virtually no sanitary pads or hygiene articles being available and difficulty finding clean toilets to change them in.
To this end, Adigrat Vision e.V. was able to provide 200 girls in the 6th to 8th grades of the Mitswae Werki School—adjacent to our kindergarten—with recyclable sanitary pads free of charge. This makes it much easier for the girls to attend school at that time of the month.
The pads, sewn together out of fabric material and including a slip, are produced in Mekele/Tigray in the Mariam Seba Products Sanitary Factory. The founder Freweini Mebrathu is herself originally from Adigrat and was honored with the CNN, Hero of the year 2019 award.
At the end of November 2019, the newly built school library was largely opened—and the remaining work has now almost been done. Had it not been for large, generous donations, Adigrat Vision e.V. would never have been able to achieve such a large and expensive project. Once again, many thanks to all donors, large and small, with a special mention to “Sternstunden” and the 2019 auction by “Zwecklöffeln”.
The opening of the newly created learning center was celebrated with a lively event. A total of 14 association members from Munich and Hamburg were able to join and experience the pupil’s enthusiasm firsthand. They witnessed the great satisfaction exhibited by both teachers and the city’s administration—all excited by this new opportunity to do homework and learn outside school. The association was thrilled to see the library being made use of immediately by a large number of pupils. And—can report that in some cases—the opening hours even had to be extended to accommodate high demand.