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Project 1000 Pad

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Raised by 82 people in 8 months
Hello!

My name is Ruramai Chivasa. I am a 19 year old Zimbabwean girl, currently in my last month of studying in the UK, on a scholarship from Pestalozzi International Village Trust.

I have made it my goal to make 1000 reusable sanitary towels for disadvantaged girls in Zimbabwe.

On International Women’s Day this year, I attended a conference at Pestalozzi and was inspired by a woman named Geraldine, who spoke about several projects in Uganda she is currently running. One of these projects is making re-usable sanitary pads for girls who cannot afford to buy them. This means they have had their education compromised because they are unable to attend school for days at a time. I did some research and discovered the same applied to many girls in Zimbabwe; reports show statistics of 62% of girls don't go to school during their period. So, at the conference I said to myself ‘If not me then who?’

I set a goal to do everything I could to help those girls with any resources I could get.

My plan is to make reusable sanitary pads and donate them to girls who cannot afford them, starting with those from my village in Gokwe. Not only do I want to supply them with the sanitary wear, but also to teach them the trade where they could make an extra allowance from selling them to those who can afford to buy them. 

This project will be set up in September 2018 and will run during my gap year, but I plan to establish it as a small organisation so that it continues to run even after I go to university. I have the desire, the motivation and the drive to get this project off the ground, but I am lacking the financial resources and support.

The costs that need to be covered include buying two sewing machines, materials to make the 4 layers of the sanitary pads (nylon, cotton, towelling and fleece), transportation costs to and from remote areas and paying electricity bills (electricity is quite expensive in Zimbabwe).  

I have created an achievable plan of employing 2 women to make 600 pads over the course of 2 weeks. I will make the other 400.

The pads will be given to those who cannot afford to buy them and sold to those who can. The profits will be used to pay those making the pads and anything left over will be put back into making more pads.

This is such a worthwhile project – I hope you will be able to help with anything you can!
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Dear Donors I hope I find you well this festive season. I am happy to inform you that on Tuesday the 4th of December we made our first donation of 1000Pads in a secondary school known as Semuchembe in Gokwe . We donated to all the 174 female students and to the 20 members of staff. Each packet had 5 pads and 2 pad holders. We also donated one manual sewing machine so that they can start the project there. The session took up the whole day.the children carried out some performances , then we introduced ourselves and what we had come to do. We then distributed the pads, talked to them about menstrual hygiene and general hygiene. We also then talked to them about abuse and what they ought to do in the event they face abuse. From there as promised the girls went on to be taught self defense by a professional martial arts trainer. To make the program inclusive for boys they also had a self defense session. Towards the end of the day 6 girls and 2 female teachers were selected to be trained on how to sew the pads by our tailor. Lessons commensed and by the end they had mastered the trade. Our team compromised of one policewoman, tailor and the self defense Trainor . We had intended to have had a health care officer on our team as well but she couldn't make it . I'm also happy to inform you that we are now a registered organisation known as Deborah movement. For those who want more information about the organisation please feel free to contact me. It's one thing to have a dream but it's another to see it come to reality , thank you for making my dream come true. I pray that you continue supporting me and may God bless you. Merry Christmas xxxxx!!!!!
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Sewing has begun
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Dear donors thank you so much for your donations they were greatly appreciated. On the 24th of August I travelled to South Africa accompanied by brother to buy all the equipment. I managed to buy 2 electric sewing machines and 1 manual one (in the event we have powercuts). I additionally bought all the fabric required Dry Mac (waterproof), towelling (arbsobent), flannel (arbsobent), curtain material (outer wing cover), polycotton (pretty fabric) and all the minute equipment ie scissors, press studs etc. Expenses incurred were mostly travelling ones.on the 12th of September i got a place to rent in town at a very frugal cost. Availed by my mother and aunt, we then commenced by making paper templates and moved on to cutting out the material as shown in the videos. We were withal very auspicious to get avail from girls from a local university; Bindura University of Science and Technology. We are hoping to be done with the sewing by end of September and then travelling to Gokwe to donate. In order to perpetuate engendering income for the project i have commenced buying and selling of clothes, shoes and maize however if you do wish to continue supporting the project or if you require more detailed information please contact me God bless you and thank you once more
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