As Americans, we embrace milestones in our lives. For women, the first time a girl has her period she is entering womanhood. There are many aspects of daily life that we take for granted because almost every item – necessity or luxury – is readily available. How would you feel if you or a woman in your life had to pluck a chicken for its feathers to use during a period because you didn’t have access to feminine products?
A UNESCO report estimates that 1 out of 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their menstrual cycle. In Uganda, 1 out of 2 girls reports missing one to three days of school per month due to lack of pads. As a result of that, they end up using corn husks and chicken feathers, goat hides, old rags, and mattresses during their menstrual periods because they can’t afford to get pads. Some of these girls as young as 11 years are trading themselves in exchange for cheap gifts like pads.
Upendo Women's Foundation helps girls in Africa access sustainable feminine hygiene products. We want to encourage and empower all women while at the same time provide for their very personal needs with dignity. Our goal is to help reach 2,000 girls in Uganda.
We are asking you to help us not only by donating to this vital mission but to do so by sponsoring one girl. It only takes $25 to sponsor one student with a solution that will last up to 3 years. Most people spend more than $25 a month on coffee and that $25 could help these girls discover their potential and self-value that will help them to thrive, grow and contribute to their community’s betterment while ensuring quality sustainable feminine hygiene solutions.
When you sponsor a girl through the Upendo Womens Foundation your sponsored girl will receive a dignity kit.
The Upendo dignity kit items include:
2 pairs of panties/underwear
2 waterproof shields
8 reusable pads
A drawstring bag
Bag to carry soiled items
A booklet explaining how to use and care for the products as well as understanding menstruation.
Through advocacy, we are reaching out to people to help raise awareness and educate them as to how we can eliminate the stigma of menstruation and thus eliminate shame and give them back their dignity. We believe that all women and girls – everywhere on earth – deserve the opportunity to live in dignity.