Pad A Girl is a project aimed at supporting adolescent menstrual health and hygiene in the Keta Municipality and Anloga District Assembly. The project was launched by the Keta National Service Secretariat and the purpose is to equip and support adolescent girls with menstrual health education and management and sanitary pads, mentorship programs.
The Pad A Girl project is in its second year and in collaboration with Marisis Aid and NAYADO Foundation distributed 3,700 sanitary pads whiles empowering the vulnerable adolescent girl child through mentorship programs to stay in school.
Speaking at this year’s event, the Volta/Oti Regional Director of the National Service Secretariat, Mr Ambrose Entsiwah Junior noted that girls in deprived communities resort to using unhygienic materials during their menstrual periods because they cannot afford sanitary pads.
“This practice poses a health risk among such girls” he added. Mr Entsiwah Junior commended the Keta NSS Director for the initiative and appealed to the members of the community to come out and support when called upon.
The Municipal Director of the Keta National Service Secretariat, Mr Gabriel Osei Junior also indicated that the project is an offshoot of the Secretariat’s “Stay in School Initiative” which aims at encouraging and supporting children of school-going age to be in school. Mr Osei stated that this year’s project is over ten times what was done last year. In a statement, he added that the value of the sanitary pads being distributed to 3,700 girls is in excess of Ghc 23,000 cedis. He again thanked Marisis Aid and NAYADO Foundation for their overwhelming support in making this year’s project to realization. He concluded that the Secretariat shall continue to embark on targeted intervention projects to encourage vulnerable adolescent girls and boys to stay in school as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The CEO of Marisis Aid, Miss Linda Nana Frema Nyarko posited that menstrual hygiene is a delicate issue in our society that is why her organization decided to play a significant role this year by donating towards the Pad A Girl Project.
“Marisis Aid’s vision is to care for the underprivileged whiles spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we acknowledge Efal Company Ltd.’s role in helping make this dream a reality” she added.
Nana Yaa Ampem Darkowah-Otchere, the CEO of NAYADO Foundation, a subsidiary of NAYADO Group, on her part was excited at the opportunity to provide mentorship and empowerment programs to the young girls. She added that the purpose of the foundation is to see girls and women break the various objectification of women and impact the lives of students. Their purpose is the reason they are excited to be part of the Pad A Girl Project.
The Municipal Director of Education, Mr, in his remarks, thanked the Keta NSS and Personnel for their foresight. He was delighted at the intervention and called for a concerted effort to improve the lives of the vulnerable in society.
The NSS Secretariat acknowledge the following individuals and organizations; Mr Ambrose Entsiwah Junior (Director, Volta/Oti NSS), Miss Linda Nana Frema Nyarko (CEO, NAYADA Foundation), Mr Vera Kafui Mills-Odoi, Hon. Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey (MP, Keta Constituency), Hon. Seth Yormewu (DE, Anloga), Keta Directorate of Education, Keta Municipal Assembly, Anloga Directorate of Education, Hon, Sefe (MP, Anloga Constituency), Management of NSS-HQ, Nyat Events and More and National service Personnel in Keta and Anloga.