Re-usable sanitary pads for schools in Tanzania
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Millions of girls living in developing countries like Tanzania skip up to 20% of the school year simply because they cannot afford to buy mainstream sanitary products when they menstruate. This has dire consequences on their education and lives. More ...

In Tanzania, a country where most families are below the poverty line, what seem like regular every day occurrences in the west, are quite often major issues in Tanzania.

 Every month millions of women struggle to deal with issues surrounding menstruation. Sanitary pads or tampons are simply too expensive and out of their reach.

Many women and young girls have no choice but to use pieces of old foam mattresses, cut blankets, rags even chicken feathers, instead of a sanitary towel. 

This is a huge problem, especially among school girls. Many are too embarrassed and nervous to go to school during their period in fact. 

On average a girl is absent from school due to her periods for 4 days in 28 days each month loses 13 learning days equivalent to 2 weeks of learning in every school term.

In a year (9 months) these girls are missing upto 6 weeks of schooling, due to not having access to something as simple as a sanitary pad. 


With a small investment in materials, we can begin providing reusable sanitary pads for the schools in rural Tanzania.

In the past my NGO (Village to Village), donated dozens of sewing machines to the poorest and most vulnerable women living in a village called Uchira, This was done to create employment and sustained livelihoods in the area. 

With a donation of materials to these women, (Soft cotton which is absorbant, and polythene to protect it from any leakage.) the local women can begin producing these reusable sanitary pads. This will not only solve the menstrual sanitation problems, but create an income and allow these women to send their children to school too!

The sanitary towels are easy to use, they can be washed and used over and over, and they can last several months with it.

With each Sanitary towel we will also need to provide a sealable plastic bag, this will be to keep the towels in when they need to be washed. 


With a  donation of materials we can provide enough sanitary pads for thousands of young women in schools throughout the area of Uchira and Kilimanjaro. 

Thats not all though! Once we have provided the local schools with what they need, the excess material will be donated to the local women who manufactured them. This will provide further income and support for them and their families, it will also ensure that from that day forward, the thousands of young and old women living in Uchira and the surrounding villages, will have an affordable option when it comes to menstrual sanitaion


The project will ultimately help fulfill the girls of rural Tanzania's academic potential and help us to stimulate rural industry and employment too! 




To see some of the young women this project will help, please visit

Thank you for taking the time to look at our appeal, I hope you can share a little something with us, to help me make this a reality.

John and the community of Uchira.




I am a UK national working in aid and development in East Africa. I manage and NGO called Village to Village. Most of my work is centred around a village in Tanzania called Uchira.

I am also the chairman of a small Registered UK charitable trust called Maendeleo Trust 1140669.

 Donations can also be made to Maendeleo Trust to support Village to Village... that way we can claim gift aid and or tax relief if you so wish.

Feel free to contact me with any questions! :)

John St Julien


Tel:  +44(0)7858155462

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