Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products impacts *millions* across the Global South. Through our Pads4Girls program, in partnership with dozens of groups, individuals, and NGOs, Lunapads has helped provide over 17,000 menstruators in 18 nations with healthy, sustainable menstrual products.
History Of Pads4Girls
Since 2000, Lunapads has been supporting menstrual + reproductive health and access to education in the Global South, a practice we call Pads4Girls.
Lack of access to menstrual supplies impacts millions of people with periods across the developing world. As many as 10% of girls miss school because of it. The effect of these missed days is devastating, with girls missing up to 20% of their education, thereby increasing the likelihood of dropping out, earlier marriage and pregnancy, as well as limiting career options.
Pads4Girls supports the provision of washable cloth menstrual pads and underwear that will last for years. Providing reusable products means the burden of purchasing products each month is removed, and the environmental devastation that hundreds of thousands of disposable pads would have on the landscape is alleviated.
The case for girls' education is well documented as one of the most important tools for development. We believe that no one should have to miss out on opportunities that will affect their future, simply because they have a period.
One4Her: A Lunapads & AFRIpads Program
In 2008, Lunapads mentored the start-up of Uganda-based social enterprise AFRIpads. Four years later, we built a partnership program with AFRIpads called One4Her, to support menstrual & reproductive health, access to education, and local employment in Uganda.
One4Her is a fund made up of customer donations, plus a percentage of Lunapads' gross annual pad sales. This fund is used to provide AFRIpads washable pads to students who need them, and to support dedicated impact projects relevant to menstrual and reproductive health, like the Girl Talk booklet.
Girl Talk! tells the first period story of Ugandan adolescent girl Sandra. The booklet will be a valuable resource for girls throughout South-Eastern Africa to learn about what's happening to their changing bodies.
Groups in Africa wishing to receive AFRIpads or Girl Talk booklets are encouraged to reach out to AFRIpads directly.
Since its inception, Lunapads' Pads4Girls program has helped supply 100,000+ reusable menstrual pads and/or period underwear to more than 17,000 menstruators in 18 different nations. Over the last 15+ years, we have mentored and assisted the start-up of several organizations - including AFRIpads, Days for Girls International, and Girl Stuff Period - providing product development advice, patterns, and financial support.
Visit our blog to learn more about the impact of our work with Pads4Girls.
“I used to stay home when I had my period. I didn't want to have a leak at school – it would have been so embarrassing. One of my classmates eventually dropped out of school because she missed too many classes each month due to her period. Now she lives at home and spends her days doing chores around her family's house. I'm fortunate to have an easy, effective way to manage my period. The Lunapads are easy to use and having them has made my life much easier.”
- Amet, Grade 10 Student
Donate To Pads4Girls
To help us continue our work supporting menstrual health and education in the developing world, please make a donation through Tides Canada.
Charitable Tax Receipts are available to Canadians who donate $25 CAD or more to the Lunapads Global Opportunity Fund. We are unable to issue Charitable Tax Receipts to US donors, unless those donations exceed $5000 USD. If you are located in the US and would like to make a donation greater than $5000 USD, please contact us via email to make special arrangements.
Pads4Girls Distribution Groups
Pads4Girls has partnered with many groups over the years to distribute cloth pads to those in need, including: