The lack of sanitary pads and panties in a young girl's life can lead to significant absences in school and work.Unable to afford these necessities, girls will often use dirty rags or mattress pieces instead. GlobeMed, along with nonprofit Set Her Free, is collaborating on a reusable sanitary pad project to target this issue. The reusable sanitary pad project will teach girls how to sew and distribute reusable pads to rural schools. Buying a pad helps keep a girl in school!
Ugandan girls miss an average of 45 days of school due to their menstrual cycles. Girls struggling to stay in school cannot afford the cost of sanitary pads or panties. Instead, girls will use unhygienic rags or miss school entirely in an effort to avoid the stigma of leaking during their menstruation.The provision of free reusable sanitary pads will go a long way in helping girls reach their full academic potential.
The pad kit will give school girls a means to hygienically care for themselves while on their periods so that they can participate in their classes. By training girls to make reusable sanitary pads, this program will also provide vocational skills for girls to market for further employment. The future development of a tailoring center will not only make this program self-sustainable but also provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged girls who received the pad-making training.
This program is originally piloted to reach about 100 girls in the Rakai District, studying at Glory of Christ Primary and Secondary schools. With the development of a tailoring center, the program will have the capacity to reach about 1000 more rural school girls. The provision of free sanitary towels to girls in poverty-stricken areas will enhance the enrollment and retention of girls in school thus having a long-term impact on the individual girl and her community's development.