The more I traveled and met with girls and learned from experts about this issue, the more I realized that the barrier
to girls’ education isn’t just resources. It’s also about attitudes and beliefs – the belief that girls simply aren’t worthy
of an education; that women should have no role outside the home; that their bodies aren’t their own,
their minds don’t really matter, and their voices simply shouldn’t be heard.
LET GIRLS LEARN FOUNDER MICHELLE OBAMA
Since 2000, Lunapads has been supporting menstrual and reproductive health and access to education in the Global South, a practice we call Pads4Girls.
Lack of access to menstrual products impacts millions of girls across the Global South. As many as 10% miss school because of it. The effect of these missed days is devastating, with girls missing up to 20% of their education, thereby increasing the likelihood of dropping out, earlier marriage and pregnancy as well as limiting career options.
Pads4Girls supports the provision of washable menstrual pads and underwear that will last for years. Providing reusable products means the burden of purchasing products each month is removed and the environmental devastation that hundreds of thousands of disposable pads would have on the landscape is alleviated.
The case for girls' education is well documented as one of the most important tools for development. We believe that no one should have to miss out on opportunities that will affect their future, simply because they have a period.
One4Her supports menstrual and reproductive health, access to education, and local employment in Uganda.
One4Her is a fund made up of Lunapads customer donations as well as a percentage of Lunapads gross annual pad sales. The fund is used to provide AFRIpads washable pads to those in need, as well as dedicated impact projects relevant to menstrual and reproductive health, like the Girl Talk booklet.
Girl Talk! tells the story of Ugandan adolescent tween Sandra as she reaches menarche (first menstrual period). Sandra starts her period, and alerts her Mother, who explains the menstrual cycle, as well as how to use and clean Sandra’s new AFRIpads. The booklet will be a valuable resource for girls throughout South-Eastern Africa to learn about what is happening to their changing bodies in an engaging and accessible manner.
Groups located in Africa wishing to receive AFRIpads and/or Girl Talk booklets are encouraged to contact AFRIpads to apply.
Pads4Girls supports access to education for girls in developing nations outside Africa by offering sustainable, affordable menstrual care products made by our partners, Transformation Textiles.
Groups purchasing these products do so with a clear understanding of the intended recipient group’s needs, including access to clean water and soap for washing them.
They further assume responsibility for transporting them outside of North America, as well as providing appropriate instruction for the products’ use and care.
Interested applicants can apply below to purchase cost-subsidized Transformation Textiles pad or underwear kits for $5 each (minimum order 50 units, plus shipping costs, to North American addresses only).
I used to stay home when I had my period. I didn't want to have a leak at school – it would have been so embarrassing.
One of my classmates eventually dropped out of school because she missed too many classes each month due to her period.
Now she lives at home and spends her days doing chores around her family's house. I'm fortunate to have an easy, effective
way to manage my period. The Lunapads are easy to use and having them has made my life much easier.
AMET, GRADE 10 STUDENT
To help us continue our work supporting menstrual health and education in the developing world, please make a donation through Tides Canada.
Charitable Tax Receipts are available to Canadians who donate $25 CAD or more to the Lunapads Global Opportunity Fund. We are unable to issue Charitable Tax Receipts to US donors, unless those donations exceed $1000 USD. If you are located in the US and would like to make a donation greater than $1000 USD, please contact us via email to make special arrangements.
Since its inception, in partnership with dozens of groups, individuals, and NGOs, Lunapads has helped provide over 17,000 girls and women in 18 nations with over 100,000 menstrual pads and/or menstrual underwear. In addition to working closely with AFRIpads to support our One4Her program, we are also shareholders of AFRIpads, which has supplied over 1 million girls and women with their reusable sanitary pad kits.
Visit our blog and read the PDFs below to learn more about the impact of out work with Pads4Girls.
Pads4Girls has partnered with many different groups over the years to bring washable cloth pads to girls and women in the developing world, including:
- AFRIpads Uganda
- Children's Future International Cambodia
- My Arms Wide Open South Africa
- Good Hope Ministry Malawi
- Haitian Support: Bodarie School Haiti
- Imagine1Day Ethiopia
- Lugari Community Center Kenya
- Sustainable Health Enterprises Rwanda
- Huru International Kenya
- Days for Girls International
- Because I am a Girl
- Eco Femme India
- GOONJ India