Teenage girls who live in rural Africa experience a 25% drop in school attendance which hinders their education. Many of the girls do not go to school whilst they are menstruating because they have no access to sanitary wear. That is 1 week every month, which is a huge set back in their schooling. One in ten girls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute regular pads for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark.
We have decided to dedicate #ProjectPenya to female empowerment to help teenage girls with their futures and general wellbeing. For us, it's about empowering a generation of women to have equal chances at attending school and receiving a good education. We will begin by providing girls with a sustainable solution to menstruation, but beyond this, we will host a series of workshops and motivational talks to encourage women that they too can focus on a brighter future!
We know that in rural Africa there is a lot of pressure on girls to drop out of school to get married, have babies and take care of their families. We want to instil in the girls that this is not their only option, and they can in fact be as successful as boys (if not more!). It is possible to finish school, it is possible to go to University, and it is possible to have a successful career. We want to empower these girls to shine!