Did You Know?
Girls in developing countries may miss up to four days of school each month because of menstruation. Health and hygiene education is frequently absent, allowing gender-based taboos and violence to thrive and fostering mis-information.
What Does This Mean?
Girls drop out of school (or fall behind) and women - who also lack access to affordable, safe, affordable hygiene products - miss work and other opportunities.
We Can Change This!
Our locally made, eco-friendly, 100% compostable and biodegradable sanitary UhuruPads ("Uhuru" is the Swahili word for "Freedom") bring understanding, health, and hygiene to Tanzanian girls in need.
An an initiative of the US non-profit Foot Forward Fund and other visionary partners, UhuruPads are made by women in a small microenterprise in Tanzania: this results in a critical product and desperately needed jobs. UhuruPads are the nation's only 100% biodegradable sanitary pad and, through generous donors, we provide our pads, as well as undergarments and basic health and hygiene education to school-aged girls. Delivered with compassion and dignity, UhuruPads affirm the potential and worth of the girls who receive them.
Sponsor a Girl...Sponsor a Classroom...Sponsor a School: It's Life-Changing
UhuruPads are an environmentally-friendly, sustainable product which makes it easier for girls to attend school with confidence. Perhaps more importantly, through our companion educational platform, when UhuruPads are provided to a school, we also share critical health information, delivered with compassion and grace to convey:
- You are normal and healthy
- You are strong and worthy
- Your body belongs to you
We need your help to bring pads and undergarments, health information and life-affirming confidence to girls in need. Can you:
- Give $12 to sponsor one girl for a full school year?
- Give $120 to sponsor ten girls?
- Give $1200 to sponsor 100 girls?
- Sponsor girls in an entire school, church, or community group?*
NOTE ON SPONSORSHIPS. When we enter a school community, best practices and experience require that we impact large communities as one - not "just" individual girls so as to truly move forward a culture of dignity, strength, and grace for young women.
Still, your donation for even one young woman really makes a difference as it will be paired with gift from others: no one in a community of girls will be left waiting for the opportunity. Together, the girls can support one another as they all rise to a new level of understanding and self-worth.
Our organization's size, rapid growth, and the volume of young women we are serving means that instead of providing donors with individual profiles, within 90 days of making a contribution, a donor will receive an overview of the school environment in which their gift is making a difference (the school's location, attendance figures, distance the girls must travel, etc.).
*If you seek to sponsor a school community (based on a total number of 300 girls), we are happy to advise you in advance of the school selected for your support and provide photographs of our school visit (while preserving the individual discretion of the young women served).
Questions About Our Sponsorship Program? Contact us via email: [email protected]