Providing 500 Women and Girls reusable pads so they are able to attend work or school during the week of their period, and not miss out on opportunities to succeed.
“There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/Aids.” Koffi Annan, Former UN Secretary
Generally, on average, ONE out of every TEN women in developing countries misses up to a week of work or school because they do not have access to menstrual products. In many places around the world, having your period means isolating yourself from the world in order to counteract discomfort or ridicule. Women go through great lengths to find menstrual resources, including using leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find. Additionally, due to the shame associated with menstruation, women and girls hide their remains in dark, damp places, posing them in great danger of microbial diseases.
At our Maternity Clinic in the village of Ulipur (Bangladesh), in times of desperation, women and girls have come looking for pads. After seeing the lack of resources the village has to deal with menstrual issues combined with the severe loss in productivity seen when it is not taken care of, our clinic is teaming up with the non-profit Girls for Days to provide 500 women and girls in the villages with colorful culturally appropriate reusable pads (with an average lifespan of 3 years). With the help of the generous volunteers at Days for Girls, with only $2175 we will be able to empower 500 women and girls with the resources they need. Every $4.35 dollars you donate will help a girl/woman receive a reusable pad and support local female entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.
To learn more about our clinic, please see: http://www.quasemfoundation.com/
To learn more about Days for Girls, please see: http://www.daysforgirls.org/
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