RE-USABLE SANITARY PADS PROJECT FOR YOUNG GIRLS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL
In Uganda, a country where most families are below the poverty line, Every month millions of women struggle to deal with issues surrounding menstruation.
Sanitary pads or tampons are simply too expensive and out of their reach, Many women and young girls have no choice but to use pieces of old foam mattresses, cut blankets, rags even chicken feathers, instead of a sanitary towel.This is a huge problem, especially among school girls. Many are too embarrassed and nervous to go to school during their period because of the stigma they face from opposite sex.
On average 2 girls are absent from school due to her periods for 4 days in 28 days, each month loses 13 learning days equivalent to 2 weeks of learning in every school term,In a year (9 months) these girls are missing upto 6 weeks of schooling, due to not having access to something as simple as a sanitary pad.
With a donation of materials to these women, (Soft cotton which is absorbant, and polythene to protect it from any leakage.) the local women can begin producing these reusable sanitary pads.
The sanitary towels are easy to use, they can be washed and used over and over, and they can last several months with it.With each Sanitary towel we will also need to provide a sealable plastic bag, this will be to keep the towels in when they need to be washed.
This project will ultimately help to increase academic performance of our young girls as well as keep them in school and spread the gospel to other schools that are found in other parts of the district and the country at large!
This will not only solve the menstrual sanitation problems, but will create an income and allow these women to send their children to school too!