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’t sell sanitary towels and even if they did 1 pack costs more than 1 person’s daily wage (employment rates as low as 1 in 7 in Kumi) and are absolutely no use if the child doesn’t own underwear.
Since August 2015 we have begun distributing washable 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 “week of shame” and we can give 20% of the academic year back to these children.Donate to Develop with Dignity