Sanitary Pad Project, East Africa
In July 2014 one challenge that took place was the London – Paris Ladies Cycle Ride where twelve ladies cycled from London to Paris over three days. As well as raising enough money for a new School of Hope they also raised enough to provide at least 500 girls in the slums of Nairobi with sanitary pads each month for the next year. Each girl will have access to the programme provided they attend the SoH regularly. The provision and access to sanitary pads is an ongoing issue with girls which can seriously impede their attendance at school. Since the introduction of the programme earlier in 2015, the number of girls attending SoH has dramatically increased.
In August 2015 Iestyn met with Mohamed Esmail of Africa Cotton. ChallengeAid wants to create a sponsorship programme for feminine towels to encourage more girls to attend SoH’s on a more regular basis. For all kinds of reasons there is a lack of provision for girls especially in sub Saharan Africa and this is seen as just one way to address the issue and increase the numbers of females in education. We will initially be looking to create a sponsorship deal for 500 student girls.
Girls receiving their supply of sanitary pads from one of our Schools of Hope in the slums of Africa in November 2015. This has hugely lessened the personal embarrassment and reduced the likelihood of social stigma that can enhance the confidence and well being of students.
A new School of Hope in the Aberdares, north of Nairobi, below. The sanitary pads are making a positive impact on the girls attendance. We had more boys attending the SoH but the figures are now 57%/43% girls/boys.
We are now into our second year of providing sanitary pads for all the girls who are regular attendees of our Schools of Hope programme.
Despite increases in the price of raw materials such as cotton, African Cotton have been kind enough to maintain their sponsorship at the same level for this year.
The sanitary pad programme has seen a dramatic increase by almost 50% in the numbers of girls now attending our Schools of Hope.
ChallengeAid wants to provide a year’s supply of sanitary pads for 1000 girls attending our Schools of Hope (SoH) programme.
This will allow each girl at least 2 packs per month for the next 12 months. This has already had a hugely positive effect on both the numbers of girls attending our SoH’s and the fact that they are now not missing any schooling each month due to a lack of sanitary pads. The improved results are incredible. It may not be rocket science but it is common sense ! We want to secure this funding for at least another year. This amounts to just over 20p twice a month for the next 12 months or £5 a year.
Our target is to raise £5000 !
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to supply one girl for a whole year
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