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So many girls stay away from school every time they have a period simply because their families can't afford to buy sanitary towels. This can result in them missing up to 45 days every academic year,  which is a serious step-back to their education. Many eventually drop out of school altogether, or even worse become subject to grooming and exploitation. In the words of one of the girls:

"Out of desperation, some girls get money from older men to buy sanitary pads. This results into these girls being sexually abused and eventually get pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases or both."

We are therefore fundraising for this local project in Jinja, Uganda which plans to launch on International Women's Day on the 8th March. This will support a training workshop over a week for 100 girls, as well as mothers with children, where they will learn how to produce sanitary towels and come together to support each other. They each get to take away two reusable pads that last for 12 months as well as the skillset to continue to make them. This really does make all the difference to girls feeling comfortable enough to go to school without any fear of being embarrassed or teased.

We are supporting this project not only because of the very important cause, but also due to our personal connections to the area. Raj is from Jinja and instead of a 60th birthday celebration would like to give back to the place of his childhood. During my time at Book Aid International I had the opportunity to work closely with Justin, who set up the resource centre running the project in memory of his daughter. We both know that every penny raised will be well spent. You can take a look here to see some of the other amazing work they are doing to support education, healthcare and community development:  www.nambisseppuuyacommunityresourcecentre.com 

The project will also work closely with the Kampala office of the fantastic Love Binti and Afri-pads who have provided support in the past:

We are kick-starting  the fund with a personal donation of £500, a third of the target. The overall budget includes purchase of 5 sewing machines which will  be used again and again for future training events. Please do consider supporting this project with a donation large or small - it really will change lives!
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Some lovely feedback from the period poverty workshop held in Uganda on International Womens Day. Great to see and hear that men and boys were also involved in the training. Thanks to all that supported this fundraiser. We will share some more photos on social media and are still accepting donations for this important ongoing project:

“We at Love Binti are trying to get men, women, girls and boys to understand that menstruation is natural. Menstruation should therefore not be something to be ashamed of or worry about when it comes. What we should try to do this to ensure that our girls are clean and happy.” The Facilitator from Love Binti.

“We are very grateful to the Resource Centre for coming up with an idea that will enable many of our girls to stay in school and, save many poor families this monthly expenditure. We request you, Mr Kiyimba that this should be only the beginning.” One of the women community leaders.

“Mr Kiyimba, this is a wonderful initiative. An initiative to which all of us should contribute. You have told us it is going to be one of the Resource Centre’s regular activities. Let us know
how we can be of help to carry on with this activity. Please let your friends outside this country know that we all appreciate their contribution.” Chairman of the Area Local Council.

“The people who have raised the money to purchase these sewing machines and enhanced the Workshop are not only friends of the Kiyimba family, they are real friends of Uganda. Justin, please convey our very sincere appreciation to these friends of Uganda. I urge the Kiyimba family to upgrade this Resource Centre to a Vocational Institute because it is doing more than what we know libraries do.” A former member of Parliament of this area Dr Frank W. Nabwiso. He asked those present to give the Kiyimba family a Standing Ovation for putting up the Resource Centre and for all the initiatives associated with the Centre.
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We just received this message from Justin

"Please accept my deepest gratitude for the wonderful contribution to the Resource Centre. The function yesterday was a great success. Nothing of the kind would have been realized without the tremendous effort you put in and the sacrifice you made. I shall put together a brief report for you in the course of next week with photographs"

Thanks again to all that suported this campaign. We will continue the appeal until we reach our target as the project is ongoing and share the report and photos with you soon
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Last chance to donate before we send what we have raised this evening to Uganda. We have managed around £1000 with additional cash donations. Here is a photo of one of the girls in action making her sanitary towels at the resource centre
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