Menstruation is an important milestone for adolescent girls, but if there are not adequate resources, it can lead to several health problems. A UNESCO report estimated that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. In Ghana, a 2016 study conducted by the NGO Sustainable Development Focus (SUDEF) revealed that 95 percent of girls, especially in rural areas of the country, did not attend school during their menstrual period due to a lack of modern sanitary pads and sanitary facilities. It is not uncommon to see many of these girls resort to using old and tattered rags during their menstruation period, a situation which can lead to serious health complications.
The purpose of the One Girl One Box Project is to help provide teenage girls in deprived communities with sanitary pads to reduce absenteeism in school. Access to pads means many of these young women will stay in school. Continuing their education ensures a brighter future for their whole family. Young women's education is often the springboard for the entire family to break out of poverty.
Our target is to provide 1000 girls in 100 rural communities with sanitary pads by the end of 2019.