During strained financial times sanitary needs are secondary to food and shelter. Lack of affordability and information have led girls to use one disposable pad for multiple days, or alternatives like rags, socks, newspaper or toilet tissue. Lack of menstrual hygiene can lead to health risks such a Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), infections, and cervical cancer becoming a public health issue. Some girls are missing school because they cannot afford tampons or pads. Menstruation and the inability to afford products to accommodate it, or shame about experiencing it, should not lead to an interruption in something as critical as education.
Menstrual Product Distribution
Menstrual kits include 16 pads or tampons, and one bar of soap (1 cycle)
Undergarment Kits include 2 bras or singlets, and three underwear
Menstrual Hygiene Education
Seminar and workshop hosting as we recognize that if a girl learns to manage her period, and has
access to period products she can regularly attend school. Educated girls are more likely to be
employed and employed girls are more like to contribute to our economy.
Sustainable Menstruation Education
Introduces girls to more sustainable options to managing their period hygiene i.e. menstrual cup,
reusable pad. Girls are also taught how to make their own reusable pad.
”I used to be the girl you are now helping. When I was younger no one taught me about menstrual health nor purchased any type of hygiene products for me. I had a difficult childhood. During my periods I made my own pads with tissue until I was eventually able to buy pads using money I earned from babysitting.”
• My Period My Pride Seminar
This annual seminar aims to promote menstrual equity, educate and empower girls by equipping them with the knowledge and tools to access resources, understand and manage their period hygiene. We recognize that if a girl learns to manage her period, and has access to period products she can regularly attend school. Educated girls are more likely to be employed and employed girls are more like to contribute to our economy.
• Annual Christmas Gift Wrapping