In the first two months after Gloria began menstruating, she missed school at least three days each month. "I feared being laughed at again, and I had no access to proper pads," she says.
Her experience is typical for girls and women in Uganda, who experience difficulties in managing their periods at home, at school, or at work. In addition to lacking hygienic menstrual products, they often don't have access to clean water and sanitation and, perhaps most critically, information about menstruation.
Menstruation remains a taboo subject in Uganda, If it is discussed at all, many girls are taught that periods are shameful and should not be talked about openly. As a result, when these girls start to menstruate, they are forced to improvise their own products, often resorting to unsanitary old rags and pieces of cloth.
We are addressing this gap using three fronts, providing sanitary pads to school girls and women, conducting menstrual health education and creating awareness. This year alone we have distributed over 2,673 Pads enabling young girls to stay in school and women concetrating at their work place, this has reduced absenteeism both at school and work place leading to improved perfomance for school girls.
Together we are making a difference and we are committed to continue breaking the stigma around menstruation and supplying quality sanitary pads to young girls in Uganda. Your generous donation makes all this possible. A donation of $250 enable supplies for 50 girls for 3 months would you help us to multiply our impact donate today.
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