The Caring4Girls project helps to improve girls access to quality education with the intent to develop them into change makers who will contribute positively to their communities.
Investing in girls’ education is “the highest-return investment”. 62 MILLION GIRLS (half of them adolescents) AROUND THE WORLD ARE NOT IN SCHOOL. The Caring4Girls project will help break down barriers to girls' education so they can stay in school each day of the month and build healthier families, stronger communities, and a brighter future (#LetGirlsLearn).
Girls are forced to miss out on school (3-5 days) when they menstruate because they can’t afford sanitary towels during their period. The Caring4Girls Project aim at providing free sanitary pad kits and training young women on how to make re-usable sanitary pads. In addition, they benefit from interactive educational sessions on puberty, menstruation, personal hygiene, sexual health and STIs during each training.
This program aims at achieving the following main goals:
Goal 1. Girls will not have to miss school simply because they are menstruating.
Goal 2. Girls should feel free and comfortable even during their menstruation period.
Goal 3. Girls will be able to make their own affordable re-usable sanitary pads from natural and chemical-free materials.
For $15 per pad kit, you will be providing four re-usable pads which can last up to a year and change a young girl’s life.
You can make a big difference by helping a girl have access to a sanitary pad, resulting to her right to education and restoration of her dignity.
Without access to sanitary pads or other materials to contain the flow, girls stay home and miss school each month.
We invite you to help keep girls in school by donating to this project, so we can increase the production of our reusable sanitary pad kits. With interactive educational activities about menstrual health, we are breaking down the stigma that comes with menstruation.
For young girls especially, menstruation is an addition to the heap of gender disparities they face in life.
According to a UNESCO report in 2014, 1 in 10 girls miss school in sub-Saharan Africa each year which translates to roughly 20% of the girls (and in some areas a much higher percentage) missing school on a regular basis. It is the number one reason why girls in Cameroon miss school or drop out altogether due to lack of access to commercial sanitary products.
Menstruation is a natural process that girls and women go through at some point in their lives. It is disheartening that something as natural as a menstruation period can infringe on the basic human rights of girls and women. The lack of menstrual hygiene products that most girls and women face contributes to both their disempowerment and health.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.