“Let it Flow” is our campaign to keep young girls in school, even when they have their periods. As a result of poor access to sanitary pads, many girls choose to stay home during their periods every month, resulting in a loss of education and sometimes having to leave school because of too much absence. Dandelion Africa have been visiting primary schools in Kenya’s rural areas, and talking to school girls about menstruation and sanitation – subjects that are commonly never discussed.
In partnership with the organisation Raise the Roof, we have also started an entrepreneurship project in which a group of young women are taught how to sow washable, reusable sanitary pads. This is a far more economical option for women and girls in the area, and soon to be an income-generating activity for the women in the project. The washable pads can be used for up to a year, making it the most sustainable solution available.
In the meantime, Dandelion Africa has distributed lots of non-reusable sanitary pads to the school girls as well as underwear, which is considered a luxury in these marginalised areas. For just $6, we can distribute 15 packages of sanitary pads, or five pairs of underwear. Help us continuing our work by donating to:
PG: 65 69 98-2
or BG: 124-8905
The Swedish support organisation to Dandelion Africa, Maskros Afrika, is also engaged in a “Let it Flow” campaign and you can read more about their activities in Sweden here.
Yvonne, one of the 18 young women in our project, is learning how to make washable sanitary pads.