The #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign funds will support four women's health programs in Africa through our incredible beneficiaries. Each project will be adapted to fit the local context.
Your donation will help us train staff and teachers on menstrual hygiene management so that they can teach girls how to take care of themselves during menstruation. We will also distribute reusable sanitary kits during the training sessions, which will enable 22,000 girls to manage their periods and stay in school for up to three years.
Femme International (Tanzania & Kenya)
Femme International is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls through gender targeted programs that focus on menstruation, sexual health and feminine hygiene in Kenya and Tanzania since 2013. In Tanzania, Femme is one of the only NGOs dedicated to menstrual health and hygiene education in Moshi and the only organization promoting menstrual cups as a sustainable solution. In Kenya, Femme works primarily with secondary aged school girls, as well as with women’s groups and community based organizations within the slums. Femme believes that the achievement of gender equality is directly related to the attainment of adequate feminine hygiene.
With the support of the #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign, Femme will implement a feminine health management program to benefit 15,000 adolescent girls in secondary schools in Kenya and Tanzania ranging in age from 14 to 21.
Girls Health Ed (USA & Kenya)
Since 2012, Girls Health Ed has been changing girls’ lives in the United States and Africa! They have reached nearly 1,000 girls — 470 across the United States and 530 in Kenya.
Girls Health Ed is currently working on four modules: nutrition and body image, physical fitness, personal care/hygiene and reproductive health. Their focus is on girls and young women who are not able to obtain information about their changing bodies from their school or home environments. By instilling self-confidence through knowledge, Girls Health Ed. is making sure that girls walk away with a valuable reference they will be able to use throughout their adult lives.
Their work in Kenya with the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation works to keep girls in school by teaching them how to manage their menstruation and health, and providing them with the materials to do this.
As a part of the #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign, they will educate more than 5,000 girls and young women in Kogelo for a full year on personal care, hygiene, menstrual care, sexual assault prevention and self-esteem. The girls will also be provided with reusable feminine pads that can last up to 3 years and taught how to properly care for them! 10 to 20 on-the-ground volunteer staff will also be hired and trained.
Stand For Education (South Sudan)
Stand For Education aims to create opportunities within impoverished and underdeveloped communities globally by providing access to educational opportunities, empowering girls and women, and promoting self sufficiency. Working in South Sudan, where education can provide students with exceptional opportunities, Stand4Education has built a school in the district of Jonglei, Malek. Since then, the organization has provided an education to over 600 children. Currently, it is gathering funding to implement a program focused on menstrual health management (MHM).
As a part of the #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign, 1,000 girls in Malek, South Sudan from ages 13 to 18 will participate in after school MHM workshops. They will also be provided with three year long reusable menstrual kits during the training. In addition, 20 on-ground teachers will be hired and trained so that this knowledge will continue to be passed through the community.
Huru International (Kenya)
The average girl in Kenya misses 3-5 days of school every month because she lacks the resources and information needed to manage her period — Huru International is trying to fix this.
In Swahili, Huru means “free.” Huru International has produced over 1 million reusable Huru pads, reaching over 165,000 girls with Huru Kits in Kenya and Tanzania since 2008 – giving these girls the freedom to stay in school and achieve their goals.
A Huru Kit contains 8 high-quality reusable sanitary pads; 3 pairs of underwear; detergent soap to wash the Huru pads; a waterproof bag to safely store used pads; an educational insert on proper Huru pad care; and a life-skills booklet on puberty, menstruation and HIV/AIDS prevention. Each Huru Kit lasts for up to three years, helping to keep a girl in school during her period, and all kits are distributed during educational seminars conducted by Huru International’s trained Youth Facilitators. Huru Kits are sustainably and locally produced, and therefore create jobs in the girls’ communities.