As hard as it may be to believe, in the developing world, periods keep girls out of school.
In my work with ALARM’s Institute of Women’s Excellence in Rwanda, I have seen first-hand the challenges that the lack of access to these supplies causes. A few years ago I had the opportunity to give out handsewn, reusable feminine hygiene kits to all of the students and you would have thought we handed out gold!
Women and girls do not have access to hygiene products that work within the context. Disposable products used widely in the US are very expensive and impractical in much of the developing world because sanitation is poor so there is no way to properly dispose of used items. The most practical solution is reusable kits that are made from fabric that can be washed and reused.
Because of the lack of practical ways to deal with this monthly cycle, girls and women miss days of school and work. We are partnering with Tavia to help girls stay in school by providing them with one of these handmade, reusable kits. We have identified several schools in Uganda and in a few weeks, we will be distributing 500 kits to high school girls thanks to the support of Tavia!
We are training the women we serve in Uganda to make these kits – both for Tavia to distribute and also for the women to sell within their local community. We will keep you up-to-date on the progress! Purchase products from our Dignity Collection to support the women we serve in Uganda.
Below is an infographic with LOTS of information about the impact of the lack of access to these products creates. Join F&C and Tavia to help keep girls in school!
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