UNICEF research on problems female students faced in most schools in Nigeria showed that there was no conducive situation, example facilities, affordable and hygienic menstrual products. In some areas, over 45% of girls are missing up to four days of school every month. That's more than a month of their school days down the drain every year. Too often, girls in semi urban areas, remote villages and slums can't find or afford sanitary pads, and don't have private toilets at school.
Our Reusable Sanitary pads Program trains young women in rural communities to manufacture, distribute free and also sell high quality, low cost reusable sanitary pads throughout their communities. The project runs training workshops, opportunities to work with girls and young women directly, leadership training and essentially put financial power in the hands of young women in rural households. This project involves women volunteers' network in Anitigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
This project will train over 30 young women with reusable menstrual hygiene/ sanitary pad sewing skills, provide over 200 vulnerable girls with reusable pads, help over 150 girls stay in school, and provide earnings and income to over 60 families. Their improved earnings and sense of dignity will at the long term uplift their entire communities out of poverty, create more equal and productive society.