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Reusable Sanitary Pads: One of The Remedies for Alleviating Period Poverty in Nigeria

By Demola Oriyomi Ojo. 

Sustainable development advocate and volunteer with SuS Pads & Hope Spring.

It is a fact that menstruation is a natural biological process. It is also a fact that every girl, from around the age of 12, until middle age, between the ages of 45- 55 will menstruate every month. Managing this monthly cycle can cause physical and financial challenge for many women and girls in Nigeria. These challenges are compounded by the fact that menstruation is shrouded in secrecy in some parts of the country. Up and down Nigeria, there are a lot of unhelpful myths and taboos around this natural biological process.

Many girls and women, do not have access to basic menstrual hygiene material.  Lack of these essential materials such as tampons or sanitary pads, makes many girls and women dread the oncoming or their monthly period. This makes women feel disempowerment and causes absenteeism in school-age girls.

In a bid to help alleviate period poverty in Nigeria, Hope Spring Water Charity came up with a new initiative called SuS Pads.  The project teaches girls how to make their own reusable menstrual pads, from suitable fabrics. According to Miss Bolu Olorunfemi, the project manager for SuS Pads. The rationale behind the initiative was to equip girls with the skills and knowledge they need, to avoid period poverty.  She added that if you have the skills to make your own reusable cloth sanitary pads, you will have a  hitch-free period every month.

This new period poverty alleviation initiative had its first workshop on November 20, 2019, at  Marvelous Eagle School Apo Village, Abuja.  Working with over 20 girls from the school, Bolu Olorunfemi and her team of one seamstress and four volunteers imparted the girls with crucial skills.  The workshop, which was called Make your own cloth sanitary pad, started with a short lecture about menstrual hygiene management.  It then went on to the practical aspect, where the girls were shown how to sketch out, measure and cut fabrics, into the shape of menstrual hygiene pads.  The girls were then shown how to sew the pads, using two sewing machines made available for the workshop.

Celena Daniel, a student of Marvelous Eagle Academy who participated in the workshop spoke about the workshop and how it impacted her  “the workshop has impacted my life remarkable because, during menstruation, I do stay at home in order to avoid shame as I experience stains on my cloth during menstruation. This training has enabled me to learn a lot on how to take care of myself during menstruation. I am also glad that I learn to make a reusable menstrual pad that does not cost much.  I am now confident  I can make for myself, and teach my loved ones at home how to make their own pads.

Another participant Nnaji Bridget said that “the workshop has helped a great deal, with this initiative, she would be able to save more money instead of spending on disposable pads every month. According to her, reusable menstrual pads make sense. I can use the pad for two years or more. 

Bolu Olorunfemi compared the SuS Pads initiative with previous  Hope Spring menstrual hygiene workshops, where they give disposable pads to school girls. She said “A popular adage goes; give a woman a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman how to fish and you feed her for a lifetime. Therefore instead of gifting the girls’ disposable menstrual pads, it is more empowering to teach them how to make a reusable menstrual pad, that will last them for years. “ She and her team expect to help empower more women and girls, by teaching them how to make their own reusable pads.


Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation, as a Non-governmental Organization with a core focus in alleviating water poverty and providing WASH education in communities, found it imperative to extend WASH education to schools by establishing WASH clubs in Nigeria schools under the ‘Hope Spring WASH to School’ (W2S) Initiative.

With the knowledge that a child spends an average of 6 hours in
school. While it is predicted that about 50% of schools in Nigeria do not have any source of improve water supply, 80% of schools lack WASH education, these daily exposes school children to grave health risk.

The aim of the WASH Quiz competition organized by Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation was to create more awareness about Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) among Nigerian students. The event held on 20 March 2019, at IBI Training Centre, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, it is the first of its kind in Nigeria and was supported by WaterAid Nigeria, Media for Community Change, AgroNature Nigeria and EnvironFocus Nigeria.

In attendance were 58 students from 5 schools (both public and private schools.) List of schools in attendance includes;

  • Junior Secondary School Karmo, Sabo
  • Junior Secondary School Apo,
  • Solid Rock International School, Abuja.
  • Covenant International School, Abuja.
  • Junior Secondary School, Idu Koro.

Solid Rock International Schools was the overall winner with a total score of 85 points, after one hour of interesting WaSH quiz session. The questions were tailored towards assessing the contestants’ knowledge of WaSH and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Covenant International School, JSS Karmo, JSS Apo and JSS Idu Koro recorded 75, 60, 35 and 35 points respectively. A Life Straw Community Water Dispenser was awarded to the winner. Branded bags, shirts and caps were handed over
to all participants.

Hope Spring Water remains committed to expanding reach to more schools across the federation and are following up with potential sponsors and partners who are passionate about imparting lives through providing water resources.

We look forward to strengthening and sustaining these collaborations to achieve the goal of the WASH Club initiative in Nigerian schools.


Three out of every ten Nigerians lack access to safe and clean water source close to their homes. With a population of about 182 million people, this implies about 57 million Nigerians lack access to improved source of water supply.

Families in both rural and urban areas find it difficult to access safe and clean water for their domestic needs.

On this bid, The Hope Spring Water, a charity organization in the UK have its operation in Nigeria which is targeted at alleviating water poverty in both urban and rural areas in Nigeria through construction of boreholes, wells and water education.

The Hope Spring Water NGR chapter under the administration of Mr Temple Chukwuemeka is working closely with a corp member; Mr Eseoghene Johnson to construct a borehole for Jidu Community – An under-served community in Abuja, Nigeria.

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To remind you of our our theory of change which is to amplify the voices of the marginalized using the power of media, Media For Community Change is working with Hope Spring Water, Nigeria-Chapter to document the provision of clean water to Jidu Community in Abuja, Nigeria.

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To make this a success, we engage with the local leaders of Jidu community over the weekend, they told us how hard life can be without clean water.

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Y’all should anticipate for full documentation!