Thursday, the 15th of October 2020 is a day that African cleanup Initiative launched two projects which are the Bottles for pad and Bottles for Diaper project With about 5 initiatives present (Nikkyz foundation, Pad a girl Initiative, Sisterhood of grace, Pad bank Nigeria, Menstrual cup Naija) and about 23 persons in attendance. The event was held at the office of the African Cleanup Initiative.

The event commenced at about 10:30am with prayers by Mrs. Remi Balogun, the Executive Assistant and Account manager of African Cleanup Initiative, followed by the welcome address and introduction of guest by Miss. Lawal Imisioluwa Deborah, the Programs Manager of African Cleanup Initiative.

Introduction of the project was done by the Project Manager of African Cleanup Initiative, Mr. Munnir Adams in which he said African Cleanup Initiative’s Bottles for Pad and Bottles for diaper project is an initiative that allows women/girls/ Children living in low income communities and schools use recyclables such as plastics, cans etc. in exchange for sanitary wares such as Disposable Pads, Reusable Pads, Menstrual cups and Diaper.

The launch speech was given by the CEO of African Cleanup Initiative, Mr. Alexander Akhigbe  which he said the project is focused on two crucial points which are women/girls and Children empowerment and sustainable waste management, and African Cleanup Initiative recognizes the importance of preserving our environment and  are passionate about empowering women and girls to reach their full potential, to reduce the rate of drainage blockage and flooding through waste sorting and proper collection, to end period poverty amongst the women/girls population in communities across Africa and to eliminate the need for women/girls to be absent from school due to period poverty, focusing on the SDGs.

Mr. Alex Akhigbe (speaking to the NAN Correspondent) further said the project aims at giving out 5000 pads in one year to boost the confidence of the girl child. He also said providing Diapers for children would also go a long way to supporting parents in low income communities.

The project was unveiled by Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe, the Communication Manager of African Cleanup Initiative with a presentation that explained the project as a whole and how the project works and with a standing ovation at the end of her presentation, the project was launched.

Some of the partners of the project spoke on the importance of the project and how it would go a long way in helping to boost the confidence of the girl child so that they can be participate well in the society.

The Ambassador of the project , Mrs. Khadijat Adekanye whose birthday was also on same day of the launch expressed so much joy about the project and thanked African Cleanup Initiative for a project as this and choosing her birthday as the day to launch, she being the ambassador. Mrs. Khadijat said she would support the project and publicize it as much as she can and see to it that the project goes far.

 

Another Humanitarian who could not meet up with the launching, sent in her support and promised to keep supporting the project as much as she can.

A donor also sent her support for the project by giving 48% discount for the first 500 menstrual cup to be distributed.

Mr. Alex Akhigbe gave the vote of thanks by appreciating all participants and guests and thanked the Ambassador for the cake which she sponsored for the event in which everyone present cut with the directions of the COO of African Cleanup Initiative, Mrs. Eunice Alexgreat Akhigbe to mark the celebration.

The event came to conclusion with the sharing of refreshment and picture sessions.