Questions from the schoolgirls…

Rinchen Choden from READ Bhutan answering a question from one of the school girls at the Kit Distribution in Paro, Bhutan on 3 Nov 2018. Rinchen has conducted many Days for Girls kit distributions and her kind manner encourages the girls (even the very shy girls) to ask vital questions about their reproductive health. Rinchen reports that sometimes the girls and young nuns at her kit distributions have never before received reproductive health education.

These were some of the questions asked by the school girls yesterday:

1. Where does your period come from?

2. Is it unwanted blood from our body?

3. What food can you eat and drink while on your period?

4. What do you have to do when you are on your period?

5. How often do you have to change the sanitary napkins while on period?

6. When you bleed from your nose its okay but when you have your period people say its not okay and its dirty. Why is that?

7. Can you wash your hair with shampoo while on your period?

8. Can you bathe and drink tea and juice while on period?

9. Is it true that we need to wash ourselves with cold water when on period?

10. Where do babies come from?

11. Do we need to stay out of our house when we are on our period?

It is wonderful that Rinchen is able to provide this health education to dispel so many misconceptions about menstruation and empower the girls to manage their period so they can engage fully in their education. These girls are from years 7 and 8. Some girls from lower grades also attended as they were interested to learn.

DfG Kit Distribution in Paro, Bhutan, Nov 2018.

We are delighted to share these photos of a kit distribution on 3 November 2018, to school girls in Paro, Bhutan. The distribution of these kits was made possible through the efforts of the Bhutan Girls Project and four charities/NGO’s. The kits were made by the North Strathfield branch of Days for Girls Australia, transported to Bhutan by the Australian Himalayan Foundation, received by RENEW and then delivered to READ Bhutan. Rinchen Choden from READ Bhutan is shown distributing the kits to the school girls, together with vital health education. It’s wonderful to see the kits in the hands of the girls. Thanks to everyone involved.

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