So what does MHM mean?  Anyone? Anyone? No? Well it stands for Menstruation Hygiene Management.  This is how our informative, confident speaker, Manon Mitchell, began her talk to us this past Monday.  The MHM Program provides fact based instruction, that does not tread on the toes of cultural norms, but that does reach over a million girls and women - so far - and helps them remain in school, and more importantly, helps them live full lives.  

Sadly millions of girls and women lose upwards of 3000 days of their lives, which is just over eight years, because they have no access to hygiene products.  Some sit on cardboard and some on buckets, some hide in forests and caves, and some have been isolated from their villages and safety. Clearly they miss one week out of every four weeks of school.  Trying to succeed on 75% of instruction time, at best, is too much for most and they drop out of school, just as their mothers did and just as their girl children will if the trend isn’t stopped.

And for just over a million girls and women, the trend has stopped.

How is it done?  The answer lies in the palm of your hand.

 

It all starts with a DfG POD (Portable Object of Dignity), the basic unit Days for Girls Kit.  PODs contain 1 waterproof shield and 2 absorbent liners. PODs are the seed for Micro-Enterprises, because they can be sold at an affordable price point, and women can add components in the future.  Because DfG Kits last years, this is a timeline that works for many women. Days for Girls prioritizes using locally-available materials whenever possible.

Days for girls is an educational program that encompasses many topics.  The initiative has also added a “Men Who Know” course.

Get more information on line by googling Days for Girls.rg