The main purpose of this project is to help provide teenage girls and young women in Africa with sanitary towels.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of Project Dignity is to empower young girls through education and to provide access to sanitary towels that will enable them to reach their full potential without nature interfering with their everyday lives.
CURRENT SITUATION: It is a widespread but unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home for days because of menstruation and a lack of healthy sanitary towels. According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute regular pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or tree bark.
THE SOLUTION: A re-usable sanitary pad and panty that is 100% cotton therefore allowing the skin to breathe, the elastic is non-woven, rubber based and therefore will not stretch out of shape. The sanitary towel is absorbent and will hold up to 25 – 30mls of discharge.
The sanitary towel is fully washable therefore reusable. The sanitary towels are made of 100% cotton fabrics therefore will last a minimum of 5 years. The pad contains no gels or absorbent chemicals and is totally biodegradable. It is a “green peace” product, therefore being biodegradable means it will not clog landfills.
As you probably know, in Africa young girls will often share their sanitary towels (usually scrap cloth) with their mothers or other women in the household. Of course they are washed thoroughly between use, but venereal diseases can be transmitted through sharing in spite of that.
Also, the study shows that most of these underprivileged girls miss school for at least four days each month over menstruation. These issues are not talked about in Africa, due to embarrassment, lack of understanding and the low priority of such problems in the face of starvation, violence, death, illiteracy and the many struggles of daily life.
You can prevent this by sending money to purchase these vital items locally!!!
Sanitary towels and underwear cost $2 USD and can be used in a clean healthy way for one month.
For a mere $25 USD you can sponsor a girl for a year and ensure that she has always has her own sanitary towels and underwear.
For $260 you can sponsor 10 girls or one girl for at least 10 years! Each girl that is sponsored learns of the importance of using their own towel via monthly health education sessions and goes on to teach their children who will teach their children.
Empowering girls to complete their education.