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£2,250raised of £2,200 target by 21 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,250 to provide locally made, washable sanitary pads for girls in Malawi who often can't attend school without them. Our wedding 'pelekani'.

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    UK and Lilongwe
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    Funded on Sunday, 15th January 2017

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    In Malawi, weddings have 'pelekani': essentially a dance of donations. This is our equivalent. No dancing required!

    So simple, yet not available to millions of girls in Malawi: affordable, reusable sanitary pads that actually work, allowing girls to study, play and work with confidence. At most these cost £1/10.6 NOK for a pack (one outer shell and three inserts, in a waterproof bag) to produce.

    The funds will be split between two organisations in Malawi. Both work with Mother Groups, including teenage mothers, who sew and sell sanitary pads for income generation, and re-invest a portion into providing needy girls with the product. The model has been tested with a noticeable improvement in the performance and retention of girls in school who had access to the re-usable sanitary pads.

    The Forum for African Educationalists in Malawi (FAWEMA) is a long term partner of the UK's DFID. Part of their work supports sanitary pads in Dowa District, in central region, and your support will expand this.

    See: https://fawemalawi.wordpress.com.

    Ndi Tsogolo Langa (It's my future) is a newer Malawian organisation that receives funds from Govt of Malawi's technical skills training programme. Your support will enable them to expand sewing equipment in their centres in a drought-and hunger-hit District in southern Malawi. With each new sewing machine, a girl can produce up to 20 pads a day to sell.

    See: http://nditsogololangamw.org

    Neither organisation believe sanitary pads are a magic solution. Both work on wider issues for girls' empowerment and educational attainment. But the pads - which we take for granted as women from UK and Norway - make a real difference.

    NB! If you are a Malawian friend wishing to donate, we will take a cash collection that will be added to the online gifts.

    Thank you for your support.

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    • Jen Marshall

      Jen Marshall

      4 months ago

      Jen Marshall

      Wow! Thank you for that first donation! We've increased our target funds to be raised accordingly. (NB this is our overall goal, not our requested individual donation!).

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    Supporters

    21

    • Suzanna Wallgren

      Suzanna Wallgren

      Jan 12, 2017

      HaPpY HaPpY!! All wishes of a wonderful future as wife and husband. All Love. Your forever BeSt WoMan

      £120.00

    • Juanette McCrindle

      Juanette McCrindle

      Jan 11, 2017

      Fantastic and worthy. As a woman we all know what this means for these girls.

      £100.00

    • Kate Watson

      Kate Watson

      Jan 2, 2017

      Congratulations and thank you for inviting us to share your special day. This is a fantastic cause! Kate, Stuart, Esther and Laurie xx

      £30.00

    About the fundraiser
    Jen Marshall

    Jen Marshall

    UK and Lilongwe

    Jen and Kikkan live and work in Malawi, supporting poverty reduction efforts for the poorest and most vulnerable families. They are getting married in December and are inviting their guests to support a local Malawian charity instead of giving them a wedding gift.

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