by Jamie Stuart
Through our Girl Power Gulu program, Hope Center Uganda has been providing free menstrual hygiene, reproductive health, and sanitary pad trainings and distributions to 300 women for the past 12 months.
Unfortunately, our suppliers have failed to provide us with pads for the past 3 months due to a shortage of supplies. We cannot wait on them any longer: for every month a girl goes without pads, she misses one week of school.
HCU cannot wait any longer, we have to intervene now.
By beginning a partnership with Danish-Ugandan nonprofit, She for She, we have found a sustainable solution that will provide materials and training for our girls to produce their own reusable sanitary pads. Further down the line, we could train even more girls in Gulu on how to produce their sanitary pads, so they could make and sell them to other local women, or even back to the She for She headquarters, who distribute them to women across East Africa.
Not only is this environmentally sustainable, but it is a much more financially sustainable option for Hope Center Uganda. This is a partnership that will eventually benefit thousands of women in East Africa, and we are so excited to have reached an agreement with She for She.
Our girls need us, and we need you: the largest barrier in launching this program is a shortage of funding.
After receiving quotes from She for She and their suppliers, the best price that we will be able to acquire reusable pads and hygiene training for 250 women is $1,400. It is absolutely vital that we reach this goal. Any donations towards this sum would be of incredible benefit for the women of Northern Uganda. Please donate or share this GoFundMe campaign to contribute : https://www.gofundme.com/girlpowergulu2018
After we have safely reached our core beneficiary group, we could easily reach 100 more women per month for the rest of the year. The estimated total cost for one year of this program would be $10,000, which would allow us to supply at least 2,000 women with reusable pads and the education she needs to continue to make her own pads.
Thank you for your support and generosity.
Update: thanks to a generous donation from the Hodges family, Girl Power Gulu is fully funded for 2018!