Weʼre raising £5,000 to Increase access to cheap, quality menstrual hygiene management materials and education in Uganda
- Jinja, Uganda
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• To be the leading ambassadors in advocating for proper menstrual hygiene management, girl child education and empowering women through social business in Uganda.
• Poor Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is linked to the high early girl child dropout rate and absenteeism in School.
• UNESCO, 2008, 68% of the rural girls in Eastern Uganda miss 11% of their school time because of challenges of menstruation.
• About 23% of adolescents between ages of 12-18 drop out after they begin menstruating (UNICEF, 2015).
• Material used in MHM are Unhygienic
• Clothe rugs, pieces of foam mattress, news papers, toilet paper, leaves, and banana fibers. (infections)
• Less education on Puberty and Periods
• Periods considered a taboo
• Over 87.5 % of the rural women are unsatisfied with the current market price of sanitary pads available.
• At least 75% of the rural women have never used pads.
• A rural woman would easily buy sanitary pads consistently at an average price of Ugx 1,331.
• On average a rural woman earns Ugx 10,000 per
• 100% of the local women would buy a new low cost sanitary pad
As we shift from our KAGIs- Keep A Girl In School model to our new WAGE- Women And Girls Empowered model we aim for women to be empowered through social business in order to pay for their children’s school fees. Girls that have dropped out due to menstruation, stigma, and early pregnancy will be supported to go back to school. Girls already in school will be supported with sanitary pads so that they are able to keep attending school during their periods and maintain their grades. We also aim to provide education about menstruation through the communities for both boys and girls. Through village meetings the mothers and fathers will be educated about the importance of supporting girls to go through menstruation without stigma. Our model aims to use local women as distributors of sanitary pads by doing these we aim to increase the income of local women from Ugx 10,000 to a minimum of Ugx 40, 000 while also Increasing access to cheap healthy and hygienic products for managing menstruation (Sanitary Pads).
a) One supervisor for every 10 women
b) Two women from every village
c) Target 5 villages at the start
d) Every lady will receive 200 packets to sell in one month
e) Every lady to report to the supervisor weekly .
We have already identified the local women distributors and are in process of importing low cost sanitary pads as well as sourcing low cost sanitary pads locally as well. We tried with trials of low cost sanitary pads but due to price fluctuations we decided to pause a little & think of manufacturing our own pads as well as developing stable relationships with local sanitary pad manufactures in order to avoid price fluctuations.. It’s a long journey but achievable.
• As we wait on this journey to make our own sanitary pads, we are delighted to announce that we are resuming with our termly support of school girls with sanitary pads in febuary, 2019.
• Our target to reach 1,000 girls with a full year support in 4 rural schools in jinja district.
• Each girl needs atleast 3 packets of sanitary pads per term thus 9 per year to be safe at school during their periods. A total of 9,000 packets are needed to reach 1,000 girls for a year.
• Each packet goes for about uganda shillings. 2,000. The required 9,000 packets will cost uganda shillings. 18,000,000. This about 3,673 pounds.
• Facilitating the outreach teams- mostly volunteers
• This would cost about 40% of the cost of the sanitary pads. This about 1,500 pounds.
• This gives us a target of 5,000 pounds to raise by the december 2018 such that we can resume by febuary next year.
• 5,000 pounds can support 1,000 girls to stay in school for a year without missing school due to their periods in 4 rural schools in uganda.