We at The Pad Project are grateful for our partners on the ground who help monitor and ensure the success of each program. Thanks to your contributions, The Pad Project has placed six pad machines in different regions in India and implemented a reusable cloth pad-making program in Sierra Leone. We are working to install a semi-automated pad machine in Afghanistan and to launch a reusable cloth pad-making program in Guatemala. The Pad Project is combating period poverty in the U.S. by hosting menstrual hygiene donation drives in the greater Los Angeles area and providing grassroots organizations across the country with microgrants to purchase bulk menstrual supplies. With your help, we hope to place machines in India, Kenya, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in 2020. Use the links below to learn more about our partnerships!
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OUR NGO PARTNERS
Las Adelitas is a program run by Masa, an organization that partners with Mexican and Latino children, youth, and families in the South Bronx to develop strong learners and leaders who fully participate in and contribute to the larger community. Masa’s community-led, integrated model engages the entire family, grounded in a deep commitment to strengthening literacy, leadership, and power for Mexican, Central American, and Indigenous People. Las Adelitas is a year-round young women’s empowerment and action-based program for young women of color in the South Bronx. The curriculum includes topics related to identity, gender-based violence, menstrual and sexual health, and feminism. In 2020, Las Adelitas successfully completed 3 two-hour menstrual health and sexual education workshops. Due to the impact of the pandemic on women and families, Las Adelitas began distributing menstrual hygiene products to women and girls in their community. In October of 2020, The Pad Project provided a grant to Las Adelitas to purchase, bag, and deliver menstrual supplies to women and girls in the South Bronx. The grant will help Las Adelitas provide bags of menstrual hygiene products to approximately 247 women and girls in the community.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER FROM THE INQUIRER
The Pad Project has partnered with PoP to implement a reusable cloth pad-making program in the Zona Reina region of Guatemala. The project will teach PoP staff and local teachers how to make reusable pads with cloth and sewing kits. Teachers will then work with their students, both boys and girls, to create reusable pads. Students will be able to create their own pads, which will help them manage their periods.
The project will serve an estimate of 600 students in two schools and provide training to them, as well as 30 teachers, on how to use the reusable pads. Our collective goal is that this reusable cloth pad-making program will expand to different schools in the community and create sustainable social change by increasing access to menstrual hygiene products.
Photography by Nick Onken
Sherin Dawud and Raina Vallot, co-founders, Power Pump Girls, Inc.
NGO PARTNERS FUNDED BY L. & THE PAD PROJECT
In Malawi, DfG has partnered with Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, a world leader in preventing early child marriage, to support the distribution of period kits and the implementation of menstrual health management workshops. All pads will be made by local enterprise leaders in Malawi. In Zimbabwe, DfG is working with local enterprise leaders to provide period kits and menstrual hygiene education to 500 girls and women. In Lebanon, local DfG leaders are distributing period kits to Lebanese and Syrian refugees to combat the recent 500% price increase in menstrual products, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the Beirut explosions. In Uganda, DfG is working with local leaders to provide period kits to female prisoners who have had no access to menstrual products since COVID shut down their supply.
The Pad Project is partnering with the Inua Dada Foundation to place a manual pad machine in Nairobi County. The project, funded by our official period care partner This is L., aims to promote period equity by providing safe, affordable, and accessible menstrual hygiene products to women and girls. The pad machine will employ 5-6 women to produce and sell quality sanitary pads at affordable prices.
One of the women who will be working on the machine says, “It's so difficult trying to manage my menstruation. I'm 22 with an 8 month-old baby, I don't have any consistent income stream and I can barely afford food and diapers, let alone pads. Women and girls need quality and safe menstrual management materials to manage their menstrual periods with dignity and pride.”
During the first year, the project will provide sanitary menstrual products and menstrual hygiene management workshops for approximately 8,000 individuals.
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