Our vision is to provide girls in Africa with washable and reusable menstrual kits, so that they can continue their education and not experience bullying as a result of skipping school or not having menstrual supplies when they need them. This includes girls, who cannot afford menstrual supplies or kits, for whom we will provide free kits.
We help young women become independent in Africa.
When the idea of GirlStuff.Period was born out of the first Iziko Labahlali (Hearth of the Community) program in the community of Bergnek, it was more of a focus on giving girls the opportunity to get back into school. By providing girls with washable, reusable menstrual kits because they could not afford regular menstrual supplies they had the opportunity to return to school and not have to miss school up to a week a month because of the lack of supplies when they had their period, each month.
Why Menstrual Pads Matter?
In South Africa, less than 10% of girls go beyond 8th grade, and only 25% of women are employed. The primary reason of school dropout and unemployment for women is not having underwear or menstrual products. Moreover, young ladies are bullied and teased in school when their period occurs at an inopportune moment in school. The number of girls in grade 8 and above in the local school has increased dramatically over the past 5 years as a result of our programs and educating girls about the importance of staying school so that they have access to the same opportunities boys do after they finish school.
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