Chad: For every girl, dignity
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Chad: For every girl, dignity

UNICEF

Since the last outburst of violence in CAR in 2013, 60,000 Central African returnees sought refuge in southern Chad. Among them, 17,000 people are still living in the refugee camp of Danamadja, where children can go to school. Yet girls must overcome many obstacles to stay in school. The lack of sanitation facilities and basic hygiene supplies, such as sanitary pads, is one of the main reasons why girls drop out of school.

CHAD: For every girl, dignity
My parents do not really have the money to buy sanitary pads for me and my sister. Now, I can continue my studies without worrying. It is very precious to me.

In 2017, thanks to CERF, UNICEF was able to distribute dignity kits to schoolgirls living in refugee camps and returnee sites in southern Chad. The kits include soap, bleach, water buckets and sanitary pads to help them to pursue their education in the best conditions possible.

CHAD: For every girl, dignity
I kept going to school even after I had a baby. When I am studying, my grandmother takes care of my child. Sanitary pads were not a priority in the expenses of our family. The dignity kits help me a lot.

 

CHAD: For every girl, dignity
It was hard for me to come to school when I had my period. When I went back home with the dignity kit, the girls from my neighbourhood who had quit school wanted to go back.

This story features on CERF 2017 Annual Report