Mun Pad Project
Please help support the Mun Pad Project. Helping keep girls in school so they have equal opportunities.
Hi! My name is Sam and I'm honoured to have been invited to participate in the Mun Pad Project - an initiative of ATProjects, PNG. I recently returned from Garoka., PNG where I trained a team of sewers. We covered the techniques and construction of reusable menstrual pads. The students were keen learners who picked up the necessary skills quickly despite some having very little prior sewing experience. The trainee team did everything possible to contribute to our goal of creating a durable end product that will be distributed to high school girls. As a mother of teenage daughters myself I was more than keen to be on board with this project.The ATprojects "MUN Pads' staff
About The Mun Pad Project.The Mun Pad Project is a sister project to ATProjects Health and Hygiene programme which has so far provided drop toilets and wash rooms with running water for 29 schools in Garoka, PNG and the surrounding area. They also provide classes on menstruation, reproduction and hygiene. These reusable menstrual pads combined with the toilets that offer the girls privacy and clean wash areas that offer the girls a place to wash out pads and underwear means the girls will feel comfortable attending school during their period. The name Mun Pads means Moon/Menstruation Pads in the local
The opening of the school's new toilets and washrooms.
About Our Cause.
While education is now provided free in Garoka it was observed that many girls were skipping school during their period as they either had no access to menstrual products or were unable to afford them. This amounted to 5 days per month missed schooling and over the course of a year meant girls falling behind or dropping out of school entirely. It is very important that girls have the same education opportunities as boys and providing them with reusable menstral products will ensure this. Research was undertaken and 95% of the girls education sessions on menstrual hygiene
expressed an interest in using the reusable Mun Pads.
Education sessions on menstration and hygiene
What I need:
I am seeking to raise money towards supplies for sewing the Mun Pads which will initially be distributed to high school girls in 29 schools. The project already has 2 sewing machines and 100% of your donation will go towards:
- An Elna 644 pro overlocker - $750.
- 1000 KAM snap sets $150.
- As many rolls of flannelette fabric as possible for$250.
Any extra money raised will go towards buying more fabric and thread to send over. A Sydney based friend has kindly offered to include any donated supplies in her shipping container which will be taking goods to her shop in Garoka so there will be no shipping costs and this generous offer also saves us risking regular post which can be extremely unreliable with parcels often never reaching their desitination.
Please know that every dollar counts and every donation is greatly appreciated more than words can express.