Challenge Africa

Sanitary Towel Project

Supporting vulnerable young women to establish a centre for producing sanitary towels which they desperately need. This project will reduce HIV rates, increase girl's attendance at school, protect the environment and provide a secure income for poor women and their dependents.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1121563)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£8,789

Donations

15

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • I saw how Challenge Africa is actively improving the lives of 100s of people everyday. The dedication of the team there is staggering'

    — James Hooley -UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • 'I am delighted to support the excellent work of Challenge Africa'

    — Joanna Lumley - Patron

  • 'The training has changed my life.Now I have my own business,can buy food and medicines for my family...I am very happy'

    — Mercy Ouko

  • I saw how Challenge Africa is actively improving the lives of 100s of people everyday. The dedication of the team there is staggering'

    — James Hooley -UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • 'I am delighted to support the excellent work of Challenge Africa'

    — Joanna Lumley - Patron

  • 'The training has changed my life.Now I have my own business,can buy food and medicines for my family...I am very happy'

    — Mercy Ouko

Situation

In Nyanza Province, Kenya, young women are contracting HIV from visiting fishermen who pay for sex. One of the main reasons women do this they say, is to buy sanitary towels which they cannot otherwise afford. Once a month, most young girls take an average four days off school because they have their period and have no sanitary towels. They miss vital education, fall behind and drop out of school, often before they are 16 years old. Without education, women cannot break out of poverty.

Solution

Challenge Africa will set up another successful sewing training centre which specifically makes environmentally-friendly sanitary towels. Unemployed local women will be taught sewing skills and supported to make quality, affordable, sustainable sanitary towels for their community. Towels will be sold cheaply and donated to orphaned girls. The project can be an example for other villages; reducing HIV infection rates and ensuring young women attend and stay in education.