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Announcing our new project supporting girls' education

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Umodzi Youth Organisation (UYO), a Malawian community-based NGO, to help support and fund a new project – Her Education Matters: Umodzi.

For girls living in Malawi, the stress of starting your period is heightened by a simple lack of sanitary products and washing facilities. Many Malawian schools are unable to afford to provide children access to basic sanitary products and changing facilities that we take for granted. As a result, many girls miss school during their period and are estimated to receive 25% less education than boys, or drop out of the education system entirely.

£5,000 is needed urgently from this crowdfunding campaign. By making a pledge, you can empower and transform the lives of 700 female pupils of Ntenjera Primary School (near Blantyre, Malawi).

The project will provide a safe and private space for girls to change, access sustainable sanitary pads, and train local women to provide long term skills and resources for the community. The changing rooms will be built from locally sourced materials and will provide the girls with privacy and dignity.

Four new sewing machines are needed, which will be used for making reusable sanitary pads. Members of the local mothers’ groups will be trained by women tailors to sew reusable sanitary pads, which will be made from locally available materials.

The project will also promote girls’ rights to education by providing menstruation management lessons given by trained members of mothers’ groups and female teachers.

Please make a pledge and help us provide these girls with the best possible opportunities to succeed for years to come.

There are many pledges to choose from - this Christmas, you can give a loved one the gift of helping girls in Malawi get access to the training and facilities they need, to help them gain an education and succeed in life. Or instead of receiving yet another pair of slippers from granny this Christmas, why not ask her to make a pledge on your behalf instead?

Our support for educational projects, which help children in Malawi to fulfill their potential, is made possible by our regular donors. Please consider becoming a regular donor yourself, and join our community.

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