The project will support 1000 school girls in fishing communities in Uganda with a free menstrual cup enabling the girls to stay at school during menstruation. A single menstrual cup, costing USD. 5, supports a school girl for a minimum of 5 years.
In Uganda, insufficient Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools contributes to 30% of girls dropping out of school and many more miss 8 school days each term during menstruation days. A study in 140 schools located in seven districts of Uganda; 70% of the adolescent girls acknowledged that menstruation affected their optimal education performance, while 77% of girls 'indicated missing averagely 2-3 school days per month. High cost of disposable menstrual pads is a key problem.
Providing free menstrual cups will improve education outcomes of 1000 girls from poor families in fishing communities through reduced absenteeism during period days. A menstrual cup is a cost effective option for many girls from resource limited locations as cups are reusables, hold more blood than other methods, eco-friendly as they are made of rubber or silicone, and a girl may wear a cup for up to 12 hours. A cup can be reused for up to 5 years.
Improved education outcomes for girls in poor communities means ability to break the vicious cycle of poverty and ignorance and prospects for a better life. An educated and informed girl is an empowered girl that will move the world towards gender equity.