In villages near chimp forests, we employ local community leaders to teach girls how to make their own sanitary pads, plus the importance of conservation.
Educating girls is the most impactful solution to the climate crisis and global poverty.
Yet, right now, decades of progress are being reversed due to COVID-19’s devastating impact. Over 20 million more secondary school age girls will not go back to school after the pandemic2 – especially if they’ve started their period.
In Uganda, at least 700,000 girls aged six to 12 have never attended school. This will get far higher with ongoing lockdowns due to the pandemic.
As global pressures rise, girls are losing their freedom and future: they are the first taken out of school and last to return.
Through our Girls’ Empowerment Project we equip girls and their communities to better understand female health. We teach them how to create their own reusable sanitary pads from locally sourced materials. We enable them to educate their friends and generate a sustainable income. By ending period poverty, we empower young women to stay in school to realise their full potential.