Provide Sanitary Pads for 500 Girls in Tanzania

by Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)
Provide Sanitary Pads for 500 Girls in Tanzania

Schoolgirls in rural Tanzania continue to face enormous challenges, especially in the areas of hygiene and sanitation. Most school-going girls during their menstruations are not able to attend school simply because they could not afford to buy sanitary pads on a monthly basis due to a lack of adequate resources.

Also, many schools in rural areas in Tanzania have insufficient numbers of latrines, which are often poorly designed and maintained. For girls who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary pads as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year.

In tackling some of these problems, AID Tanzania continues to provide reusable sanitary pads which are more compelling to the girls because it is hygienically approved, affordable, high-quality, and reusable.

We were able to provide 20 girls with additional reusable sanitary pads through donations on this platform. The organization continues to provide counseling activities for these girls, their teachers, and their parents.

A big thank you to our partners and friends who donated their hard-earned cash towards this project in helping us keep girls in school.

 

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One of the main problems faced by our school girls in rural Tanzania is sanitation poverty. Pads are too expensive to buy on a monthly basis, causing absenteeism where girls stay at home rather than attending school when menstruating. Also, many schools in rural areas in Tanzania have insufficient numbers of latrines, which are often poorly designed and maintained. For girls who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary pads as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year.

We know how challenging it is for poor families to provide sanitary pads for their girls in ensuring that they go to school with confidence when menstruating.  To help tackle such challenges, the organization opted to provide reusable sanitary pads that are more compelling to the girls because they are hygienically approved, affordable, high-quality, and reusable.

During the current reporting period, and with funds raised on the GlobalGiving platform, the organization distributed reusable sanitary pads to over 50 girls in two different schools as we continue to help girls stay in school.

The organization is very grateful for the support from partners and friends who donated their hard-earned money through the GlobalGiving platform in helping us achieve our goal.

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The challenges faced by schoolgirls in rural Tanzania are enormous, especially in the areas of hygiene and sanitation. Most school-going girls during their menstruations are not able to attend school simply because they could not afford to buy sanitary pads on a monthly basis due to a lack of adequate resources.

The following continues to serve as additional challenges; Inadequate waste disposal facilities, Lack of privacy for changing menstrual materials, Leakage from poor-quality protection materials, Limited education about the facts of menstruation, Fear caused by cultural myths, Embarrassment, and low self-esteem.

In tackling some of these problems, AID Tanzania opted to provide reusable sanitary pads which are more compelling to the girls because it is hygienically approved, affordable, high-quality, and reusable.

The organization was able to provide 100 reusable sanitary pads to girls during this reporting period. AID Tanzania has also been providing counseling activities for these girls, their teachers, and their parents.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to our partners and friends who donated their hard-earned cash towards this project through the GlobalGiving platform.

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Female students in the communities we serve face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation. Many schools in rural areas in Tanzania have insufficient numbers of latrines, which are often poorly designed and maintained. For girls who are menstruating, these problems compound the difficulties posed by the inability to afford sanitary pads as well as cultural taboos around menstruation. As a result, many girls miss on average four days of school every month which is over a month in a year.

We know how challenging it is for poor families to provide sanitary pads for their girls in ensuring that they go to school with confidence when menstruating.  To help tackle such challenges, the organization opted to provide reusable sanitary pads which are more compelling to the girls because it is hygienically approved, affordable, high-quality, and reusable.

The organization recently distributed reusable sanitary pads to over 200 girls in three different schools and we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our partners and friends who donated their hard-earned cash through the GlobalGiving platform in making this happen.

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In the communities we serve in Tanzania, the main problems faced by schoolgirls in terms of hygiene and sanitation are:  pads are too expensive to buy on a monthly basis, causing absenteeism where girls stay at home rather than attending school when menstruating. Inadequate waste disposal facilities. Lack of privacy for changing menstrual materials. Leakage from poor-quality protection materials. Limited education about the facts of menstruation. Fear caused by cultural myths. Embarrassment and low self-esteem.

It is against this backdrop that the organization opted to provide reusable sanitary pads which are more compelling to the girls because it is hygienically approved, affordable, high-quality, and reusable.

During this reporting period, a total of 10 (ten) girls benefited from the supply of reusable sanitary pads and we look forward to providing an additional support for twenty girls by the next reporting period.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our partners and friends who donated their hard-earned cash towards this project through the GlobalGiving platform.

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Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID)

Location: Harrisburg, Pensylvania - USA
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Project Leader:
Leila Mushtaq
Arusha, Tanzania, United Republic of
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