With your donation, our local partners can restore a vulnerable Ethiopian’s dignity and help them rewrite their story.
75% of girls and women do not have access to sanitary products which are expensive and difficult to find.
Girls are forced to use whatever materials are available such as grass, leaves, old rags or
nothing at all.
Ethiopiaid’s local partner provides girls with menstrual kits so they can go to school with their period and with dignity.
Help rewrite the future for girls in Ethiopia.
Reusable liners which last at least 2 years
2 pairs of underwear
Washcloth & soap
Washbag to store used liners
Bag to carry the kit
Info sheet on menstruation and caring for the kit
Girls from the ages of 9 to 18 are trained in sewing – which is an employable skill – and are taught how to make a menstruation kits.
They learn how to use and look after the kits – taboos are broken and they no longer feel shame or fear around their periods.
Next, the trainees bring the kits to schools and present them to other schoolgirls. Sharing knowledge, uplifiting each other and feeling proud instead of embarrassed, the girls become confident in presenatation skills and in themselves.
In the last 20 years, Ethiopia has come so far in educating girls and keeping them in school. The pandemic, just like in Ireland, affected the economy and enforced school closures. This loss of income, along with long-standing cultural beliefs, has meant that some girls are at risk of not returning to school when they re-open. Instead they face early marriage, gender-based violence and harmful practices.
This situation has been compounded in Tigray and surrounding areas by the current conflict. Schools are closed and being used as shelters for internally displaced people. As a result children are facing a setback in their education and girls are at risk of never returning at all and their education being cut short.
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