Sanitary Pads to Keep Girls In School
There are girls in Malawi and around the world who are unable to attend school because they are menstruating, a natural occurrence for most teenage girls. These girls do not have access to disposable pads. They use corn husks, leaves, rags, whatever is available.
For 5 – 7 days each month, these girls are unable to go to school and then have a difficult time keeping up with their studies. Many girls stop attending school in their early teens and then are reliant upon others for food and clothing.
Days for Girls International works to help every girl everywhere have an education and break the cycle of poverty. One simple way to do this is to provide each girl with a washable Feminine Hygiene Kit. A kit consists of a drawstring bag for the girl to carry her supplies to and from school, two one gallon size resealable plastic bags to transport and soak and launder soiled items, two moisture barrier shields, a bar of soap, a washcloth, two pairs of panties, eight absorbent tri-fold sanitary pads, and a visual instruction sheet.
Days for Girls in Yellow Springs, Ohio and Malawi Orphan Care Project have been working together to prepare 100 kits to go to Malawi after Christmas this year. Days for Girls in Mesa, Arizona, made some kits that will be going to Malawi, too. While in Malawi, the team that will be bringing the kits will research if the materials needed to make the moisture barrier shields and tri-fold sanitary pads are available so the women at the project can make more.
Providing kits is a new venture that Malawi Orphan Care Project plans to continue. Please contact us if you are interested in sewing or if you can donate supplies or donate financially so many of the supplies can be purchased in Malawi.