Distribution of Sanitary Pads

Distribution of Sanitary Pads

The majority of the girls in our community don’t have a hygienic way of managing their monthly period. Many girls have to stay home from school during menstruation which amounts to 20% of lost time in school. This is simply because economically disadvantaged families do not have the money to buy sanitary pads and underwear for the girls.

Many girls do not have a choice but use improvised material during their menstruation which includes rags from old clothes, blankets or old cut-out t-shirts. These materials are uncomfortable and don’t provide sufficient protection so that girls choose not to go to school.

The initiative delivers puberty education and sanitary products to girls who would otherwise miss school or even drop out because of lack of access to basic sanitary protection to manage their periods.

Due to the lack of sexual education, girls also don’t understand what is happening in their bodies. The consequence is that what should be a celebration of womanhood becomes a time of shame, embarrassment and stigmatization with dire consequences for the girls’ education and consequently their future.