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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