In many rural areas of Zambia, access to Female hygiene products like pads is limited, leading to poor menstrual hygiene management and sometimes even leading to young girls missing school. As Impact Generation, we have initiated a community project to provide girls with pads, soap, towels and other sanitary products to eradicate poverty among women.
Girls will not have to miss school simply because they are menstruating.
Girls should feel free and comfortable even during their menstruation period.
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 Pad up a Girl Campaign is aimed at providing free sanitary pad kits and training young women on how to use sanitary pads. In addition, they benefit from interactive educational sessions on puberty, menstruation, personal hygiene, sexual health, and STIs during each training
The project is led by Impact Women Whose aim is to empower young girls by providing them with pads to manage their menstrual hygiene. The project started with a needs assessment in which the women identified the need for proper menstrual hygiene management as a major challenge, especially for young girls.
The Impact women’s group then organized fundraising efforts to purchase pads, with the help of local businesses and individuals who will donate money and sanitary product. Impact Women has also reached out to organizations that provide reusable sanitary pads, which can be washed and used multiple times.
To help build sustainability, the women’s group is planning to establish a small income-generating project, which includes making soap, candles, baskets, baking samoosas and other initiatives. The proceeds from the sale of these goods will be used to purchase more pads and to support other initiatives to eradicate poverty among women.
In addition to providing pads, the women’s group also conducts educational sessions for young girls and their parents to raise awareness about proper menstrual hygiene management. We also teach the girls about reproductive health and their rights as young women.
This project will help to improve the lives of many young girls in the community. They will no longer have to miss school or resort to using old rags or other unsanitary materials during their menstrual cycle. Their families will also benefit from the income-generating activities, which will improve their livelihoods.
This project is a great example of how community-led initiatives can help to address local challenges and improve the lives of vulnerable populations. By empowering women and girls, this project is creating a brighter future for the community.
Pads are rectangles of absorbent material that attach to the inside of a girl’s underwear and catch menstrual blood. They’re sometimes also called sanitary pads or sanitary napkins. Some pads have extra material on the sides. These “wings” fold over the edges of your underwear to help hold the pad in place and prevent leaking.