We Care Zimbabwe Trust
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More than half of teenage girls in rural areas across Zimbabwe don't have access to proper sanitary wear and more than 30% of school girls miss school every month during menstruation. This is quite a significant number of girls who miss school on an average of 4-5 days per month and this amounts to about 36 - 45 days per year. This means that the girls are absent from school for roughly more than a month each year. For this reason, they miss out on various aspects of learning that are fundamental to good academic performance. This is particularly due to lack of access to proper sanitary wear during menstruation. The majority of the girls use unhealthy and unhygienic alternatives such as old rags, old newspapers, leaves and even dung to manage their flow during this time. This is mainly because they cannot afford proper sanitary wear due to various hardships being faced as a result of existing economic challenges. In an effort to help keep girls in the country’s rural areas in school during menstruation, We Care Zimbabwe Trust started a sanitary pad project in April 2015. The project is aimed at distributing sanitary pads to poor and disadvantaged school girls in Zimbabwe’s rural areas for free on a regular basis and disseminating information about proper menstrual health and hygiene. This intervention is being carried out with the hope that access to and availability of sanitary pads will ensure that the girls will no longer miss school during menstruation.