We’re often asked, “Why sanitary pads? Is it really that significant a problem?” The answer is yes: for countless girls, sanitary pads are an unaffordable luxury. Among the hundreds of girls with whom Vangrace Compassion Ministries has helped, most explained that they were forced to resort to unsanitary and sometimes unsafe measures to meet their needs. These include retrieving and recycling used disposable pads and improvising makeshift pads from old clothes, rags, newspapers, bits of mattress, and other readily available materials.
One of the girls say “Using a handkerchief was really difficult because it couldn’t hold blood for a long time; thus, leaking was easy. This meant I couldn’t concentrate in class because I was worried of soiling my uniform and being gossiped about in the class. At times I had to improvise ways of making my own pad by taking tissues and putting them between the handkerchief so as to prevent leakage, but this proved futile because at times the bulk was very uncomfortable and shifted from one position to another. This limited my movement in school because I was afraid that it would fall down and be a laughing subject to the rest of the students.
The Sanitary Pads program for Underprivileged Girls seeks to give the girl child an equal chance to compete and lead a fulfilled life. Girls in Uganda miss 4 days of school per month on average when they are menstruating due to a lack of menstrual hygiene knowledge and resources. They are pulled out of school, married early, and are more likely to be subjected to violence.
With your Sanitary Pads donations these girls will become more confident, will have a high self-esteem, and this will reduce shame about puberty and their bodies. Vangrace Compassion Ministries believes that your donations will increase school attendance rates and will improve girls' quality of education, and by effect, their economic opportunities.
"Teaching them of how to use sanitary pads improves a girl child education."
"Providing sanitary pads means stay of a girl child in school.
"It creates a sense of girl/women empowerment to the young girl generation."
How YOU can Participate
Help empower the girl children by participating with the Donate Pads Program. Please consider:
1. Donate. Donating $5 will supply a girl with a sanitary pad which she will use for only one month. This can be conveniently done by using the Donation Button.
2. Spread the Word. Help get the message out by using your social media networks like Viber, Whats-app, Twitter and Facebook. Let your friends know that you are passionate about helping others
3. Donate Sanitary pads Kit. You can send to us the sanitary pad kits to our postal address P.O.BOX 32112, Clock Tower, Kampala (Uganda) and we assure you that these donated pads will be delivered to girl child/girl children in most need of it and will update you once she receives it.