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    Weʼve raised £700 to buy menstrual cups so women in Kenya don't miss school and work. Cups cost £1, it's less than a coffee and you will change a woman's life.

    Grange-over-Sands, UK
    Funded on Friday, 16th November 2018

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    Inspiration and aims.

    I have been inspired by the work of a friend, Cath Holland, a Midwife from Cumbria. She is the founder of Beyond FGM and a tireless anti FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) campaigner. After witnessing the horror of an FGM ceremony in 1998, Cath has strived to eradicate this horrific practice. The Beyond FGM team work relentlessly to provide an alternative to FGM, to train, to educate and to empower. Beyond FGM is fully committed to ending FGM within a generation.

    I am raising funds to buy menstrual cups, which Cath has agreed to take directly to Kenya, to distribute and educate women on how to use them in the areas where she and her team work. Any money raised will pay for cups and nothing else.

    Cups cost £1, in the UK women spend a monthly average of £13 on feminine hygiene, £8 on new underwear (spillages), £4.50 on pain relief, £8.50 on comforting snacks and £7 on other items, such as magazines and toiletries. So for less than a box of tampons or towels you can change a life, not just for a month but for up to 10 years! I am passionate about the difference menstrual cups can make to women’s lives.

    I am asking you to donate so that we can provide safe, low cost sanitary products and better hygiene management in rural areas in Kenya. Any money donated will help the lives of women and girls with less than we have. I consider sanitary products a necessity. Nobody should have to go without because of menstruation.

    What is the problem the project is addressing?

    In the poorest regions of the world women and girls are the ones that suffer most. Only 12 % of women, worldwide, have access to sanitary products. 70% of the world's poorest people are women and girls, and they are regularly missing school or work because they are on their period. In some parts of Africa, women in rural areas can resort to using rags or leaves and other uncomfortable methods, all of which increase the chance of infection.

    Millions of poverty-stricken women and girls cannot afford food, never mind sanitary protection. This situation is intolerable. Those girls forfeit their future educational prospects, repeating the cycle of poverty, humiliation and potential health risks. Girls miss up to 40 days a year resulting in their education unequal to boys and men and they do not have the same chance to succeed as men. This must stop! Solution: Menstrual cups

    How will this project solve the problem?

    A menstrual cup can last up to 10 years, which will enable girls to attend school every day, eliminating a huge cause of teasing and humiliation for thousands/millions of teenage girls growing up in dire poverty. Cups are hygienic, other options for these girls involve using sand or washing old clothing. We need women to have a stronger role in society; the cups could enable them to go to school for the whole month, or not have to stay away from work and miss out on vital wages to support their families.

    What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

    This campaign is not just about a free hand out, it goes towards solving an issue which is associated with dire poverty and the devastating spin offs thereof. Life is hard enough living in informal settlements in rudimentary housing, girls are so much more vulnerable than boys, periods should not exacerbate this.

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    • LISA Holdsworth4 months ago
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      4 months ago
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    • LISA Holdsworth5 months ago
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      LISA Holdsworth

      5 months ago

      Oh wow, you are all amazing! You have donated £453, I can't believe it. That is so many lives changed. Thank you so much. In view of your overwhelming response I increased the target amount to £1000!! Keep sharing and liking the Facebook page cups for Kenya.

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    • LISA Holdsworth5 months ago
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      5 months ago
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    Supporters

    65

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 22, 2018

      £5.00

    • Sarah Johnson

      Sarah Johnson

      Jul 31, 2018

      £5.00

    • Ceri

      Ceri

      Jul 30, 2018

      Amazing Lisa! This is such a fantastic idea and you're truly changing lives xx

      £15.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 30, 2018

      This is such a wonderful project Lisa that will resonate with most women.

      £100.00

    • Kayleigh Mills

      Kayleigh Mills

      Jul 25, 2018

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 23, 2018

      £5.00

    • Michelle Foggin

      Michelle Foggin

      Jul 21, 2018

      Great cause Lisa, well done! Xx

      £25.00

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    LISA Holdsworth

    LISA Holdsworth

    Grange-over-Sands, UK

    I live in Cumbria with my hubby and 2 daughters. I am self employed running an iroing business and also making silk ribbons. I enjoy lots of crafts, I am not very artistic but enjoy the process! I have been using a menstrual cup for over a year and it has changed my life.

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