Before you were coming with the pads, some of the girls were refusing to come to school because their parents don't have money to buy those pads. Some of the girls were using pieces of old blankets or mattresses. Some of the girls were refusing to come to school because of fearing to be laughed at by boys during their menstruation period.
"In some places, a girl can get pregnant and then she misses coming to school, or because she gets a baby, or she gets married....A girl gets cheated by a boy and gets pregnant and then she stays at home and misses her education. Here (in Kajiampau,) there are some girls who have got pregnant who have not even finished Class Eight; this has happened to many girls.
"I need to be able to grow up to finish my education," explained Farida, in answer to our question as to what she would want people in the U.S. to know about her. "At the time I finish my education, I can get married. But only after I finish university. I want to be a big person in the world. Because then you can be treated well and help other people."