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In Uganda, many women and young girls rely on old, unsanitary cloth, dirt, corn husks and cobs, and other natural materials as protection during menstruation. Some women even dry their make-shift pads under their mattresses to avoid public humiliation. Naturally, these practices lead to serious fungal and bacterial infections. Not only do these diseases prevent them from work, but they also lead to serious medical expenses and reproductive health issues.

When women in Uganda are unable to receive an education and work, they are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, rape, and discrimination. On the flip side, when a woman is educated and makes her own money, she is more likely to gain the respect of her family, husband, and community. Additionally, an educated woman knows her rights and can help other women in her community avoid becoming victims of heinous acts as well.

For 6 months beginning December, Draw A Smile Uganda will be teaching girls and women how to make reusable, antimicrobial, microfiber pads. Our volunteers have developed a pad pattern for the project that teaches women how to easily make sanitary pads with wings for comfort and protection during school, work, and daily activities. These women will be able to use these pads themselves, and they will also be able to make and sell pads as a community with the sewing machines and supplies provided by Draw A Smile Uganda. While the focus of this endeavor is to provide feminine hygiene care to women in Uganda and help women start a small business, it also brings a community of women together to create a better future for themselves.

The Project requires $56,204