HEAL FOR AFRICA INITIATIVE donates free pads and school materials to 300
girls, advocates for empowerment of The Girl Child.
HEAL For Africa Initiative, a non governmental organization known for
their advocacy in the areas of health, quality livelihood, empowerment and
education especially for the girl child, has successfully flagged off
another project called Pay Attention To Her (PATH).
According to the Founder, Dr. Kelechi Okoro, she said this project will
focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of girls and women,
reorienting and enlightening them about all female health issues. The PATH
project has taken off with menstrual hygiene education and distribution of
free sanitary pads and hygiene products for secondary schools.
Dr Okoro, speaking at the launch with over 300 girls at Al Ansar Secondary
School, New Layout in Lokoja, the medical expert espoused on the ills of
seeing menstruation by young girls as disgraceful, shameful and dirty.
She acknowledged that young school girls are having limited access to
affordable sanitary materials thereby making them use unhygienic options
that increases their risk of having infections that may affect their
reproduction in future. She thoroughly educated them on self confidence
and self awareness too.
Several top government functionaries and seasoned keynote speakers were on
ground to impact on the program. Amongst them was the Chairman Board of
Trustees of HEAL For Africa who doubles as the Executive Director of Tiny
Beating Hearts Initiative. Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, inspired the
participants to become self confident and dissuaded them from being sober
and sad when they find themselves menstruating especially for the first
time especially when mistakes of being stained occurs during this period.
She spoke extensively on “Empowering the Girl Child and it’s Role in
Also in attendance was the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Mrs.
Ayoade Folashade Arike(PhD), whose motherly speech stood upon the awesome
deliveries of previous speakers like Dr. Attah Ahmed, the Special Adviser
on Health to Kogi State Governor and Mrs. Musa Mimi Sandra, the Senior
Special Assistant on Women and Children Development to Kogi State
The program was wrapped with goodwill messages from Queen Sarah Yusuf, the
Publisher Xera Magazine, Miss Aliyu Rufia, the Teen Ambassador of the PATH
Project and Principal of the host school, Alhaji Gimba Ibrahim.
Thanks to the Coordinator of the Not Too Young To Run Bill, Umar DanAssabe
Mohammed ,Project Manager of HEAL For Africa Initiative, Charles Osagie
and volunteers of the initiative who put in their best to ensure that the
program was a success.
Project Manager, HEAL FOR AFRICA INITIATIVE