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Sexual And Reproductive Health Rights

To address the issue of menstrual health and the challenges girls and women face regarding access to hygiene and stigma,  we launched the Healthy Periods Initiative to provide information, access, and opportunities regarding menstrual health and hygiene in rural communities.

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The Healthy Periods Initiative

The Healthy Periods Initiative drives economic and socio-cultural change through enterprise and education. From a grassroots level, we inform, educate and provide resources to assist in developing successful social enterprises that offer safe and affordable sanitary resources for school girls and women in rural communities.

How it's done

We manufacture the Lucky Girl Pads, biodegradable sanitary towels made from virgin wood pulp and soft non, woven. Lucky Girl Pads are manufactured locally in Gulu and sterilized naturally via direct sun and UV light. It is distributed to girls in selected schools at a free cost and through a grassroots structure at a lower price than corporate competitors; they are more readily available and affordable to rural communities. Providing girls with affordable menstrual hygiene products empowers them to go to school all year round and gives them a better future.

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Your $50 could change lives. Imagine a world where 30 young girls can go to school, unhindered by their biological cycles, for an entire month. Their dreams are in your hands

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The HPI leads to:

  • Increased education regarding menstrual health.

  • It has increased health and hygiene.

  • It increased dignity and self-esteem.

  • Increased livelihoods thru production.

  • Decreased costs associated with sanitary products.

  • It increased school and work attendance.

When girls are educated, poverty drops, economies thrive, and communities become more resilient. But when a girl faces obstacles in healthily managing her menses, she is at risk for infection, her self-esteem and self-confidence suffer, she may remain absent from school during her period, or, worse still, drop out of school altogether upon reaching puberty. We target schoolgirls ages ten and above, mainly in primary and secondary school and rural women who do not have access. We provide them with a pack (8 pads in a box) of sanitary pads per month and give education sessions on women's health.

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The Impact

42,900 girls and boys reached with menstrual health education massage.
1.8 million pads Distributed.
6,77 girls passed Primary and joined secondary education.
3,24 community dialogues targeting parents and teachers were conducted.
3.9 million pads were produced.
12 Primary schools enrolled.
3,250 girls are participating in HPI.
28 young women employed in production and distribution.

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