Her Education Matters

by Think Malawi in Malawi

£2,062

raised of £3,000 stretch target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by July 3rd 2019 at 8:00pm

We want to provide reusable sanitary pads to Malawian girls to manage their periods, and so avoid missing up to 5 days of school each month

by Think Malawi in Malawi

New stretch target

Reaching our Stretch Target will enable Mothers to be trained, sewing machines bought, reusable pads made and washrooms to be built. 

We are delighted to have raised £2,000 so far through crowdfunding for this vital project. As of 16 June, we still have over £300 of match funding available, and our partners African Vision Malawi have more schools lined up ready to join the project. With match funding, a pledge of £30 could enable 10 girls to benefit from the project.


Her Education Matters

Helping girls to put periods in their place

The problem

Across the globe, girls can be prevented from completing their education because of difficulty in managing their monthly periods. This is a scenario that sadly holds true for many girls in Malawi. Recognised / ranking as one of the world’s poorest countries, some of the population earn less than $1 a day, and access to sanitary products to help manage their monthly menstrual cycle is simply out of reach financially. Without proper sanitary protection, girls and women in Malawi are often confined to their homes during menstruation and unable to participate in everyday activities. As a result of this, female students can miss up to a quarter of school time, including vital end of year exams, which can have a huge impact on their ability to progress through their school career.

How can you help?

Locally made, reusable sanitary pads offer a cost-effective and sustainable solution to the problem of sanitary protection. By supporting this project, you can help Malawian girls continue their primary school education with the opportunity to then progress to secondary school and beyond, greatly increasing their chances of lifting themselves out of poverty.

Your donations will fund resources for schoolgirls in Standards 5 to 8, the top 4 years of primary school, to enable them to manage their monthly periods, not just in one school, but six rural primary schools, located 30 miles from Lilongwe, in central Malawi. Over 900 girls could be helped in the next year. Students attend primary school for 8 years and are 14 years old, or more when they leave, as some students are more than 6 years old when they start school.

The solution

Reusable sanitary pads are being made globally. They are resilient, reusable over a year to 18 months, and create no disposal problems. Their use by girls and young women in Malawi is giving girls back their dignity and enabling them to continue their education throughout each month. Self-esteem will be raised, full attendance will improve exam results and girls have a better chance of realising their ambitions. When you donate to this project you will be enabling representatives of Mothers groups from each school to train to use treadle sewing machines and follow patterns to make the reusable pads. At least one Mother will be trained for each of the 6 schools and will be able to make reusable pads for 300 girls each year. There is a resource bank of suitable fabrics which have been donated prior to the start of the project. You will be funding the purchase of the sewing machines. You will fund the building of girls’ washrooms, where they can wash and change their pads, hygienically and discreetly. At present the older girls do not have separate toilet facilities. This project offers a sustainable solution to these schoolgirls empowering them to get the most from their education.

About us

Two UK registered charities are working together to implement this project. Think Malawi have contributed £1000 from reserves to get this project started. Both charities minimise administration costs through the volunteer work done by the charity trustees and supporters in this country, and our volunteers in the USA. Your donations go to the projects they support. African Vision work under the name, The Landirani Trust, in Malawi. They have some Malawian employees but much of their work in schools is through Mothers’ Groups and volunteer Locally Based Groups.

UK registered charities 

Think Malawi 1141352       African Vision Malawi 1113786

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£36 or more

3 of 40 claimed

6 girls 5 days a month

Girls may miss lessons 5 days a month because they are not equipped to manage their periods. Girls could be able to attend school during their periods when they have the Girls Packs. Your donation could fund 6 Girls Packs. Many of the girls would have stayed a home during 45 days in a school year. Girls will also be given emotional support and hygiene advice.

£6 or more

Equips a girl with resources for up to 18 months

One schoolgirl could receive a girls’ pack containing three reusable sanitary pads which will last up to 18 months, plus soap and pants. She will also have access to a separate washroom to wash and change in

£12 or more

Equips 2 girls with pads for up to 18 months

Two schoolgirls could receive girls packs, each containing three reusable sanitary pads which will last up to 18 months, plus soap and pants. They will also have access to a separate washroom to wash and change in.

£24 or more

Missed school days can be days in school

Your donation could fund reusable sanitary pads and resources to manage periods, for four girls. This could prevent them staying away from school during their periods so they do not miss English, Maths, Science, Social and Religious Skills, Chichewa and Arts and Life Skills lessons.

£42 or more

7 girls helped for up to 18 months

Your donation could fund reusable sanitary pads and resources to manage periods, for seven girls. This could prevent them staying away from school during their periods so they do not miss English, Maths, Science, Social and Religious Skills, Chichewa and Arts and Life Skills lessons.

£55 or more

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Train a Mother to use treadle sewing machine

Your donation could help make this project self-sustaining. It could pay for the training of one mother from the community to use a sewing machine, and to make reusable pads. In exchange for their work each Mother will receive one reusable pad for each 5 made. These can be sold to pay for materials to make more pads

£135 or more

2 of 7 claimed

Fund the purchase of a treadle sewing machine

Treadle sewing machines (powered by a foot pedal) are used because of lack of access to electricity. You could have just paid for a treadle sewing machine, to be used by one of the Mothers trained to make reusable pads for school girls.

£500 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Build a senior girls' washroom

You could now have paid for building a girls' washroom at one school enabling girls to change their pads and wash discreetly. Privacy and cleanliness are important to the girls. The schools do not have separate toilets for senior girls. A female teacher at the school will keep a key to the washroom so that it is well managed.


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