It is estimated that 1 in 10 African girls do not attend school when they are menstruating. The United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has deemed this significant health and human rights issue for women in developing countries.
Out of 9 teen girls who Kids Hope International interviewed during a visit to Congo, all of them confirmed missing days of school during their cycle due to lack of products to manage and maintain their feminine hygiene.
In August 2017, Kids Hope International engaged in a pilot program providing hygiene kits to 12 girls of appropriate age. The With a donation of reusable pads and feminine wipes suffice for all 12 girls each month for total of 3 years. The intent of this program is to prevent girls from having to miss school days during their menstrual cycle and women from having to miss work.
As of January 1, 2018, this program has been extremely successful and Kids Hope International will be expanding this program and the next phase of this project it will address the sustainable aspect, where supplies will be provided and the feminine hygiene products can be made by the villagers and surplus can be sold to raise further funds.
Your donation to this program will
Benefit the girls sponsored through Kids Hope International. With the initial provisions of donated reusable feminine hygiene products we can provide for the girls.
With additional donations, materials will be provided to have products made in the village and the program can be extended to the women and menstruating girls in the village of Kabare.
Donations will allow a seamstress in the village to provide teachings and skills for these hygiene pads to be made by the 3 young women and sold in the city to raise further funds benefiting the program, community, the young women and their families.