Initiatives like the Menstrual Masterpieces auction and the Red Lipstick Challenge are part of the #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign. Through this campaign, money is raised for menstrual health and education. But how exactly do your pounds and dollars help? With the money that’s donated to the #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign, NFCC International and Bushtember Foundation are suporting its partners, organisations who improve menstrual health worldwide. Like these four:
Delivering both workshops about female anatomy and menstrual cups or reusable pads as sustainable solutions, that’s how Femme International empowers school girls in Tanzania and Kenya. The organisation’s long term goal? To provide every school aged girl in East Africa with a safe and sustainable method to manage her period. Femmeinternational.org
Girls Health Ed.
Girls Health Ed. seeks to educate girls in rural Kenya about their health and wellbeing through after-school programmes. In these talks not only menstrual hygiene and personal care is discussed, but rape awareness and prevention as well. All course participants will also receive reusable sanitary pads and underwear. For more info: Girlshealthed.org
In Swahili, the word ‘huru’ means ‘freedom’. Huru International aims to give girls in Kenya the freedom to stay in school by donating locally produced sanitary supplies. A Huru kit contains reusable sanitary pads, HIV/AIDS prevention advice and information about sexual and reproductive health. To date, over 1 million of those kits have already been produced. Huruinternational.org
In the South of Sudan, over 60% of the girls skip school because of their menstruation. Stand4Education’s goal is to lower this number by giving those girls access to sanitary products. Additionally they’ll set up a micro business model allowing the Sudanese women to start income generating activities. For more info: Stand4education.org
Need even more reasons to donate? Bushtember also supports the Make Them Visible Foundation (MTVF) which provides homeless women in New York with training on menstrual hygiene and sanitary products. Read more about this project on Period! next week.