20 teenage girls benefit from Karu community outreach
NEWSMAN, Abuja – At least 20 young girls have resolved to improve their lives, health and self-esteem, following a community outreach in Karu, a suburb of Abuja.
Coordinator of the programme, Blessing Shemiye Bala who is also a native of Karu and a graduate of Mass Communication, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria said she embarked on the community outreach to impact positively on the lives of teenagers in her community as part of her 24th birthday celebration.
“I did something I have always wanted to do. It was something my friends and I tagged ‘Afternoon with Shemiye. The meeting was an interactive one, and the girls in attendance had a lot of questions to ask from all the topics discussed”, Bala said.
“We talked about some of the things we have overcome, truths we have learnt etc. We had topics like feminine hygiene, lady etiquettes, sex education, STDs, mensuration, self esteem, and we also talked about boys”, Bala added.
One of the participants, 16-year-old Ruth Nahum, said “I am battling with low self-esteem, but after I heard how you people overcame it, I believe I can overcome it too”.
Another participant, Jennifer Bako, 15, said she learnt that “no matter how much you are in love with a guy, you should always make yourself priceless before him, and find a trustworthy person who you can talk to about your relationship life”.
One of the 15-year old participant, Shifra Balogun explained how she feared that she had a problem because of how she occasionally missed her period, and also because she only sees her period for 2 days.
“Now I know that there is nothing wrong with me, and I know that every girl has a different body system, even though I still have to see a doctor to be sure”, she said.
Meanwhile, sanitary pads were also distributed to each of the teenagers present.
When asked why she decided to do this, Bala said “I saw a need in my community, and I want to do something about it. I want young girls to not allow their background to limit their minds, to have knowledge of their bodies, and also to not end in teenage pregnancy and alcoholism”.
“I mean aside knowing some challenges that teenagers face, I have a passion to help them through their journey, letting them know that what they are experiencing is not new, and that they can have a good future” she added.