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: Founded in 2012 in New York by Marie-Claire Nabila Kuja, False Label Global Inc. evolved and became its own incorporated 501 (c) 3 in 2013. Towards the end of 2013, the organization reorganized as an outcome-based program to improve the academic performance and self-esteem of disadvantage and vulnerable school girls of menstruating ages and women in Cameroon. False Label Global Inc. saw that donating sanitary pads to girls from impoverished homes who cannot afford money to by pads was an effective "hook" that will help students to value education, empower and inspire them to stay in school. The impact will be tremendous if students were immersed in the culture of learning about their bodily functions such as menstruation, how to best manage it and also how to end the stigma and taboo attached to menstruation.
Statistics shows that an average school going Cameroonian girl of menstruating age skips school for 3-5days in a month during their monthly period. This therefore have a negative impact not only on their self-esteem but also on their academic performance. In order to change this fact and empower girls to stay in school, I set up a small piggy bank. With $210 I started KujaPads Initiative with the aim of helping vulnerable girls especially orphans who do not have money to buy pads, to stay in school. With $ 210 I was able to buy and supply sanitary pads to more than 100 vulnerable girls in two big orphanages in the North West region of Cameroon (Misspa and Good Shepard orphanages) respectively. During a networking meeting at the United Nations recently, I shared my vision with a friend who immediately jumped into action. She organized a pad drive with her daughter and were able to collect three boxes of different types of quality pads to support the KujaPads Initiative. While in Cameroon recently, a very prominent Cameroonian who heard of my vision was empowered and donated two more boxes of sanitary pads. With this kind gestures 200 girls benefitted during our tour of school where we did not only donate pads but also lectured on the importance of good menstrual hygiene management, self-esteem build and ending menstrual taboos.
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