Did you know that millions of girls worldwide drop out of school because of a lack of sustainable feminine hygiene? Without basic sanitation, a girl’s education, health, safety, family, and dignity are threatened.
Currently, many women in villages use old clothing, rags, or newspapers to manage their monthly periods. Raising the Village has implemented a pilot project at Nanga village that offers a sanitary option for school age girls to manage their period. We’ve partnered with Days for Girls, who provide these Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) kits. It is our hope that through MHM training and distribution of reusable pads, the number of urinary infections will decrease, myths associated with menstruation will be dispelled and ultimately, the number of girls who stay in school will increase.
The education of these young women will impact the livelihood and success of their communities:
• An extra year of school for girls boosts their future wages by 15-25%
• Children of mothers who have schooling are more likely to live beyond the age of 5
• Education is critical in understanding the risks of AIDS and having the capacity to avoid it
• When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families