Thanks to funding from Soroptimist International's Educate to Lead campaign, CITC's menstrual health and first aid training programme is going from strength to strength, supporting female students to overcome the social stigma of menstruation and facilitating menstrual health management capacity through practical solutions. Over the past few months numerous workshops have taken place at schools across the rural Solukhumu region of Nepal.

CITC sponsored teacher Phambi Rai has been key in coordinating the recent training. Leading the sessions at Shree Lukla Lower Secondary School was especially empowering as it was an opportunity to deliver the training to her own school and community, acting as an inspirational role model to the parents and female students. Following on from this she was able to successfully lead sessions at Shree Padmakanya, Damkhu and Shree Sagarmatha School, Waku. It has been wonderful to see Phambi grow in confidence.
Training at Shree Lukla was also supported by a group of North West Girl Guides who assisted with the delivery of a wide range of practical activities, involving the girls and the community. The Nepalese team and students alike quickly created a bond with the girls who made an enormously positive impact on them.

Huge thanks to partners Days for Girls who have shown massive support for CITC's projects over the years and for the backing from Soroptimists International who have also inspired local Soroptimists groups from Garstang and Chester to fundraise for CITC.

“We missed school when we had our periods and had to work at home but after receiving the menstrual kit, we feel confident and are able to come to school regularly.”
Tenjina Basnet, Grade 8. Sotang

“students come (to school) regularly after getting menstrual kit, pads are comfortable to use, they saved their money. Pads are easy to wash and dry, they are thankful to CITC Nepal.” Mingma Chhamji Sherpa – CITC Educational Support Worker.

First Aid training has also been carried out at the schools, helping the community with practical advice and skills to keep their children safe. 

Just £3 can provide a reusable kit to support a girl in rural Nepal
£30 can provide a first aid kit for a school