Just imagine the fear of a young girl when she gets her period and has no idea of what is happening to her body and no one to tell her the truth. As UNESCO recently reported, this is the case for nearly 2 out of 3 girls in countries like Nicaragua. Our data goes further and shows that many mothers do not understand the relationship between their cycle and fertility - and think their menstrual bleeding is a disease.
We believe to reduce Nicaragua's high rates of teenage pregnancy and cervical cancer, The Lily Project must make it possible for girls to understand, respect and protect their own bodies.
Thanks to the Friends of Lily, we have launched Lily's Girl Power education program - initially focusing on sexual and reproductive health. Joining Lily's mobile health teams are interns dedicated to outreach and education of girls and young women. The curriculum incorporates simple tools such as a cycle tracking bracelet (worn by the sisters above) and body apron to create an interactive and fun learning process. We will be testing and refining the curriculum over the next few months, measuring our impact on girls' understanding, attitudes and behaviors.
But we can't do it alone! Joining us is an alliance of high school and college-aged girls who want to help create better futures for girls in Nicaragua. Interested in learning more? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.