Padding Africa - help us to help girls reach their dreams
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millions of girls will not be able to fulfil their dreams because of missing so much school during their menstruation for lack of sanitary products.

We need your help! We need donations to buy 12 sewing machines and material to make the pads for 3 new groups - 1 in  Zimbabwe, 2 in Mozambique. Help us help them!

 

THE SOLUTION:

We are setting up women's sewing groups in rural areas in Southern Africa to make sanitary pad kits for young girls to stay in school during their menstrual cycle and then we organise trips to take supplies, set up groups and distribute the kits.

 

THE ISSUE:

More than often, girls in rural areas don’t even know that sanitary pads exist and use DRY LEAVES, SAND, CHICKEN FEATHERS, DUNG, BANANA SKINS, NEWSPAPERS or pieces from FOAM MATTRESSES to be able to attend school during their menstruation, if not they dig a hole at home and sit in it for the whole duration of their cycle. 

A large percentage of girls DROP OUT of school because of falling behind in their studies or from being ashamed to attend school after being teased by their piers from soiling their clothes with blood. 

forced into sex for sanitary pads so that they can attend school

child brides and child mothers

High mortality in childbirth

HIV, infections, disease 

Something so simple as a sanitary pad kit can prevent so many issues and give a girl a choice to stay in school and have a better chance of a future.

A sanitary pad kit includes: 4 FABRIC REUSABLE PADS, 4 FABRIC REUSABLE PAD HOLDER, 1 PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, 1 SOAP and 1 TOWEL.

 

DONATIONS – where they go:

$10 per sanitary pad kit-

1 pair of underwear
4 changes of slips/pads
Towel
Soap
Drawstring bag


Supplies for sewing groups-

Sewing machines ($200 each)
Material
Haberdashery 

 

http://paypal.me/PaddingAfrica

http://www.paddingafrica.com

HOW:

Trip January 2019

We are traveling to Zimbabwe on the 15th of January 2019, where we will pick up our founding women's sewing group, Numwa Mother's group, in Hwedza and drive them to Mozambique to teach other women in communities to make the reusable sanitary pad kits.

We are looking set up two women's sewing groups in Mozambique and another in Zimbabwe.

We need donations to buy 12 sewing machines and material to make the pads for the 3 new groups. The women will be making the pad kits to be ready for our next trip in July 2019 to distribute the kits to girls in rural areas.

 

Trip July 2019 - we are looking for more donations and sponsors

We will be embarking on a trip to reach rural communities to distribute the reusable sanitary pad kits that the women's groups make through donations and sponsors. We will be traveling from South Africa through Zimbabwe, Mozambique, back to South Africa.

Helping the communities has been proved to help not only with ecological conservation but it also benefits the conservation of the animals, we work closely together with anti-poaching and conservation areas. 

Any volunteers to come along with us are more than welcome, contact me for information on how you can help and more details on the journey. 

tanya@paddingafrica.com

 

 

Padding Africa is a registered Non Profit Company – company no. 11663851. Charity is undergoing registration as a CIO in the U.K

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