Here at Happy Girls Project, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2018, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organisation upon: support, empowerment, and progress. We make sanitary pads for school age girls which allows them to attend school during their periods and keep on track with their learning. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.
A letter from our project founder Harriet Rwosa
I would like to begin by saying, that the inspiration behind my urge or quest, to ensure menstruation hygiene for young School going rural girls stemmed or
can be traced back to the kind of problems me and my peers faced when we were still in Primary School. Back then it was worse than now in the rural schools
especially with our parents not being able to provide.
It is because of this that I set up this project in 2012, to try and provide some cheap and creative incentives to empower these girls through my project now known as Happy Girl’s Project.
All over the world, girls face unthinkable challenges when they begin menstruation. Girls without access to low cost, convenient and reliable sanitary pads must resort to less effective solutions that often leak such as leaves, unsanitary scraps of cloth, husk ash, and sand. Most young women lack privacy to be able to wash and dry reusable cloth pads. Without access to clean water, dangerous bacteria can grow on cloth pads and menstrual cups. Imported pads are plastic, difficult to dispose of and expensive.
Without access to hygiene products girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year, causing them to fall behind in class and be ill-prepared for national exams that would have given them a chance to receive an education.
Other barriers to education include the dis-empowerment that comes from menstruation. Inconvenience and taboos, social marginalisation and low self esteem result because of lack of awareness around menstrual health.
It is because of this that I decided to start this project.
I thank you so much for your continued support.
Did you know that a girl can be absent from school due to menstruation for 4 days of every 28 days cycle in turn mean she loses 13 learning days, the equivalent to 2 weeks of learning every school term.
This is because girls from poorer families can not afford proper period sanitary products.
For as little as £10 you can help to support a girl stay in school for a year by allowing us to buy materials to make 3 re-usable sanitary pads to provide to young girls.
Periods are because of nature, help a girl to stay at school, its something small that matters, let's end period poverty!!! It's a happy girl project.