Weʼre raising £15,000 to keep young girls in school, many girls drop out of school in Africa because of their menstrual cycle. 1 reusable sanitary pad kit, $5.
- Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana
- 12 days to go
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Money sent from the crowdfunding page will so far be 305 kits, a big thanks to donations from you!
Our aim is to raise money for 2500 reusable sanitary pad kits and car which needs to be a 4X4 to be able to reach rural areas and the schools to distribute them, a big problem is the distribution of kits and getting them to the schools often remote. On this initial trip we will be distributing 1000 kits and setting up routes and contacts for the bigger trip, much thanks to all that are helping us out but we do still need your help!!!!! We plan to do this trip in August and then we will be campaigning for a bigger project around march next year. We need to get this trip done to get the project going and underway as we are in the process of registering the charity, it takes a few months to do and and we need to have a project underway for the charity association to accept our project.
Millions of girls miss a week of school per month, 25% absence from school. Girls fall behind in their lessons and many girls drop out of school due to enduring embarrassing moments and loss of dignity by soiling their clothes and being laughed at by their piers.
Girls dropping out of school have a bleak future and often the only option is to marry, and have children at a very young age. There is an extremely high mother and child mortality rate due to their young age and limited access to clinics.
It is possible to keep the girls in school by supplying them with reusable sanitary towels and educating them on their menstrual cycle, sex and pregnancy. Many don't even know that sanitary pads exist and often use dry leaves, sand or pieces from foam mattresses.
We will be starting in Harare where we will pick up our 4x4 equipped for camping and head to pick up the sanitary pad kits that are being made by a mothers group in Wedza at the Numwa School, from there we will head up to the Zambian boarder through the Zambiza valley where we will be visiting a couple of school on the way to give out the pads and establish a relationship to develop our next big trip will then go on to Livingstone in Zambia where we have some more schools where we will take the kits and teach the girls on hygiene matters and talk to the elder women on making pads for the girls, from there we travel through Botswana where we will also meet with girls at schools near Maun, then back to Zimbabwe passing through Bulawayo where we will visit a couple of schools in the rural areas and then head back to Harare, in all it will be around 2550 km. The plan is to develop relations and collaborations while distributing the Sanitary pad kits and work towards a bigger trip with more people involved as volunteers. While giving humanitarian help, you experience africa and we will be staying in a couple of places where there are volunteer projects to the conservation of animals, it is proven that supporting communities, in hand helps with the conservation of the natural habitat. Rhino conservation www.imire.co.zw where they have a breeding release program of black and white rhino and we will also be going to www.mwinilunga.com where they also have a volunteer program for animals.
We will be taking Reusable Sanitary Pad Kits to school girls. That consist of 2 pairs of underwear, 3 washable sanitary pads, towel, soap and a pattern and sewing kit for them to make their own.
Every dollar counts, the cost of one kit is $5. The kits are made by local women so not only are we supplying kits to girl children, we are helping the women to be self sustainable by making the kits for their communities.
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Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana
While I was visiting Zim last year my son and I worked as volunteers at Imiri Rhino & Wildlife conservation where I came across a mothers group in Wedza set up at the Numwa School making sanitary pad kits for girls to help keep them in school at their time of menstruation.
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