About the Girls for Girls Program.
Girls for Girls views the education of girls and young women as a fundamental human right.
If a girl is educated:
- She has better knowledge and skills including economic skills.
- She can make more informed decisions about her health.
- She can build her self-esteem
- She marries when she chooses.
- She has a greater understanding of health issues, and so raises a healthy family
Girls for Girls aim to improve access to affordable sanitary products for school going girls
Lack of access to sanitary hygienic products and facilities is one of the main reasons why girls in slums and rural drop out of school.
Chariots of mercy foundation’s Girls for Girls believes that “no girl should ever miss a day of school because of lack of access to affordable hygienic sanitary products ’.
The Girls for Girls program seeks to provide access to a variety of affordable sanitary products and sufficient and hygienic toilet facilities for girls in the community. The Girls for Girls Program is integrated in the Healthy School Program and includes three parts: hygiene/ health education, infrastructure development and economic empowerment.
The principles of the Girls for Girls Program are:
- Sustainability – year on year (for a lifetime)
- Educational opportunities – information not myths
- Health, hygiene and sanitation – individuals, homes, and facilities
- Cost-effective solutions – choice of alternatives
- Environmentally friendly – minimize waste
- Financial empowerment – no embarrassment in asking for money each month
Girls for Girls is programmed to address Millennium Development Goals for health, education, and gender equity by providing basic sanitary products and proper facilities so that girls can pursue education after puberty.
The community has identified that its lack of ability to address this simple issue leads to girls leaving school at an early age (at a disproportionate rate than boys) and leaves girls without skills necessary to participate in money-earning activities later in life, and unable to make informed decisions about their future.