The Rotaract Club of Belize City, in collaboration with members of the University of Alberta Rotaract Club of Canada today provided a group of high school girls at the Anglican Cathedral College with reusable feminine towels. While the use of reusable feminine hygiene towels, which are popularly known as pads, is practically unheard of in Belize, it is a product that has been made available to hundreds of girls across the world. The product or kit is produced and distributed by the Days for Girls organization which focuses on helping young girls with health education, training and sustainable menstrual health solutions. These are girls who otherwise have little to no means to access feminine hygiene products. President of the Rotaract Club of Belize City Tyrell Green said they hope it’s the start of an initiative they can carry across Belize to help young girls.
President of the Rotaract Club of Belize City Tyrell Green: “With Rotorac being a club of international standards it is also a part of the Rotaract Club Service to do an internal project and the Rotaract Club of Canada it shows come to Belize and give the girls here that product. All the girls here in the training will receive in the training and the kit that contains the reusable product. ACC was the first school selected. We plan to do further other high schools here in Belize City and hopefully cover the whole country.”
Melina Lee, a member of the University of Alberta Rotaract Club in Canada, says there are many benefits to the reusable kits. And while you may think that a reusable menstrual product sounds unhygienic, Lee says not when properly used and maintained.
Melina Lee University of Alberta Rotaract Club in Canada: “Belize Reusable Menstrual Kits are actually apart of the non profit organization Days for Girls. They started a while back and the main goal is to ensure that all girls are able to live their life independently and be one with their period and understand how it works with the body and have the resources to continue with the activities that do because sometimes in some places girls don’t have the resources to maintain their menstrual period or they don’t know the information about reproduction or hygiene and this is really important for girls to know because it allows them to attend school. They don’t have to skip school because in some parts of the world there are girls who don’t have these resources and why skip school because of their period and it stops them from doing things they love. We use them but we are using cloth so with cloth what you can do is you put it into our cloth shield and by doing that you are actually using the same pad over and over but again it is important to keep it clean and to keep it clean is really using soap, water and the sun. The sun is actually a powerful source where we hang it up and the cloths are made from beautiful wash clothes. Nobody would know its a pad right. If you hang it up in the sun it kills bacteria and by that you are keeping it clean and of course as a part of training for the girls here we teach them how to keep it clean so in that sense it is more reusable. It is more hygenic because it doesn’t have the chemicals that the disposable ones have and it is easier for the girls to bring around and less economically taxing for the family who may not have the funds or means to buy the disposable pads again and again and again every year.”
The visit and distributions in Belize is funded by Days for Girls.