This is an URGENT request for donations to help acquire a fully equipped WORKSHOP which has just become available for purchase, to help EMPOWER GIRLS and WOMEN in RURAL UGANDA.
About 65% of women and girls in Uganda, East Africa, especially in rural areas, cannot afford sanitary pads.
There is very little formal support, education or understanding about puberty and sexual health. Fear, superstition, and embarrassment about body changes lead to low self-esteem. The lack of sanitary pads means that, out of desperation, unsuitable substitutes are used and this often leads to infections as well as misery. Often there is no treatment available locally, making matters worse.
Sex gets used as a means of acquiring cash to pay for disposable menstruation products and even planned pregnancy is used by under-aged girls, to avoid monthly menstruation. Many Ugandan girls drop out of school for lack of something girls in 'developed' countries take for granted
Sex gets used as a means of acquiring cash to pay for disposable menstruation products and even planned pregnancy is used to avoid monthly menstruation.
Projects that increase school attendance, retention and achievement can play an important role in women’s empowerment, social and economic security.
The BWINDI SANITARY PADS project, part of a ministry called Improving Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Uganda, is situated in Kihihi near Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks and seeks to address the challenge of menstruation management by training schoolgirls to make reusable sanitary pads for their own use, for donation to schoolgirls elsewhere and for sale to a wider market, using locally available materials.
Apart from being far more economical than disposable pads - one kit of reusable sanitary pads which will last for a year will cost just $12 to fabricate and supply - reusable pads are kind to the environment, an importamt factor.
A tailor's workshop has just become available, with a dozen sewing machines and almost everything else required. Acquiring this facility would enable project director Sunday Joseph to offer free training on the fabrication and care of reusable sanitary pads to girls and women from local communities and the production of kits with enough pads in each to supply schoolgirls at no cost.
In order to make the project sustainable, kits would be offered for sale to a wider market, the goal bring to make the facility self-financed.
The thing is, we need your help to acquire the workshop and get the project off the ground. What will probably sound like not much money to you, repesents a sum we cannot hope to raise locally.
The workshop itself will cost $3100 and raising that amount is the most urgent. After that there will be other smaller expenses involved in getting things going.
Please help us to make this happen by donating generously.