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 approximately 10,500 schoolgirls aged 12-16 in the Kumi District. An estimated 6,300 will drop out of education before they graduate. One of the biggest reasons for this is the school days they can 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.
One of our Ugandan partners whilst visiting his local school in Mukongoro was shocked to hear from the children themselves that only 3 in 500 owned a pair of knickers. Yet our own study in Uganda has shown a 45% increase in school attendance when girls have been provided with underwear and sanitary towels.
Since August 2015 we have partnered with Ugandan supplier AFRIpads to distribute re-usable 12mth supply kits of sanitary towels to schoolgirls in Kumi whilst asking for donations to source children’s knickers from the UK.
£5 per month supplies 12 schoolgirls with a 12 month kit from AFRIpads alongside our educational programme in Menstrual Health. Make a monthly donation