Activists start initiative to make sanitary pads for Ugandan schoolgirls (photos)

Activists start initiative to make sanitary pads for Ugandan schoolgirls (photos)

- Two activists in Uganda have started a thoughtful crowdfunding initiative aimed at making sanitary pads for young Ugandan schoolgirls

- Many schoolgirls are forced to stay away from school due to lack of sanitary pads

- The Ugandan government has admitted to not having enough funds to allocate the purchase sanitary pads

Two activists in Uganda have started a thoughtful crowdfunding initiative aimed at making sanitary pads for young Ugandan schoolgirls.

Activists start TOUCHING initiative to make sanitary pads for Ugandan schoolgirls (photos)

Sarah Nakabira (school principal) and Sadat Nduhira

27-year-old Sadat Nduhira is an artist who runs a sewing class at the CARE primary school in Kampala, where he teaches schoolgirls to sew sanitary pads for themselves as well as for their schoolmates.

He took the step to help young girls after growing up in poverty and witnessing his sisters lacking such basic hygiene supplies. He works together with the school's principal, Sarah Nakabira.

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Activists start TOUCHING initiative to make sanitary pads for Ugandan schoolgirls (photos)

Some of the schoolgirls learning how to make sanitary pads

One of the schoolgirls, spoke to a reporter about the benefits of the initiative: “I always used to miss school. That made me very sad, because I sat at home and did nothing. This project makes me very happy."

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She added: "We produce a lot of pads, we distribute them free of charge to other schools in rural areas and sometimes we teach the girls there how they can make them themselves."

To take the initiative further, another activist, Stella Nyanzi, started an online crowdfunding appeal to raise funds to buy 10 million reusable sanitary pads. She has raised N1,049,580 ($3,500; Ksh 357,000) so far.

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The Ugandan government has admitted that it does not have adequate funds to buy sanitary pads for schoolgirls across the country.

Watch a video of another initiative below.

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