UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 school-age African girls do not attend school during menstruation and the World Bank reports absences of approximately 4 days every month.
The provision of toilets at Muda school by the Foundation enabled more adolescent girls to attend school. However, the lack of sanitary protection still meant that many felt unable to attend school during menstruation.
Commonly, women and girls in rural communities cannot afford sanitary protection. In 2016 we started a pilot project to supply 11 girls with re-usable pads produced by a Zimbabwean company. After receiving positive feedback from the girls, we have extended the project to all girls and menstruating women in Muda, with approximately 100 packs being distributed in 2018.
We still receive positive feedback and we aim to continue this project for the foreseeable future. The pads cost $10 (approx £9) per pack, but they have to be replaced each year.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in supporting this project, please contact us for more information on how to get involved.
International Women's Day 2021
International Women’s Day 2021 asked people and organisations to “choose to challenge”. The Mudeka Foundation chose to challenge period poverty, having seen the incredible impact funding sanitary pads and supporting the building of a toilet block have had for girls at Muda School.