One of our main concerns, whilst experiencing the reality of working in Uganda, is how do we encourage and support girls to go to school and stay in education?¬†
There are 10,500 schoolgirls aged 12-16 in the Kumi District. Over 6,300 will drop out of education before they graduate. One of the biggest reasons for this is the estimated minimum of 24 school days a year each of them lose because of menstruation. The rural shops don‚Äôt sell sanitary towels and even if they did 1 pack costs more than 1 person‚Äôs daily wage (employment rates as low as 1 in 7 in Kumi) and are absolutely no use if the child doesn‚Äôt own underwear.
Since¬†August 2015 we have begun¬†distributing re-usable 12 month supply kits of sanitary towels to schoolgirls in Kumi alongside¬†knickers and bras.
Just ¬£5 provides 1 schoolgirl with her pack of re-usable sanitary pads. Together we can stop school drop-outs, we can stop that ‚Äò week of shame‚Äô and we can give 20% of the academic year back to these children.Donate to Develop with Dignity