A girl can miss up to 8 months of schooling every three years due to school days missed because she doesn't have sanitary pads to use. Leaves, paper, rocks, and rags is what she'll have to resort to if she doesn't have sanitary pads. Add to that the lack of school fees and you have the recipe for disaster. Together, we can help change that!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
A girl who cannot afford to purchase sanitary pads is at a huge disadvantage when it comes to schooling. She will start missing school days - one day for each day of her period. Because of this, she will get behind in her school work and will have a difficult time catching up. Often, they decide to drop out of school, rather than always be behind.
How will this project solve this problem?
We, in partnership with so many volunteers, will provide 400 girls aged 10-24 with training and reusable sanitary pad kits and school supplies. We know that: ~ Girls who have sanitary hygiene are more confident in school and more likely to graduate. ~ For every year of education a girl receives, her future income increases ~ When a girl has 7 or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children. ~ She will speak up for herself & others and contribute to her community
Potential Long Term Impact
Girls will stay in school, educating themselves and preparing themselves for the future. Girls in the developing world who know that education is their way out of the cycle of poverty don't drop out of school because they want to, but rather, due to external forces. Lack of sanitary pads is one of the biggest reasons to do so. With this project, we'll keep the girls in school by giving them supplies and pads and they, in turn, will help their communities and families as they are educated.
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,173
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $827
Total Funding Goal: $8,000