Thank you for visiting One School at a Time's fundraising page and for caring about Ugandan girls.
Can you imagine if you had to tell your menstruating daughter that she would need to stay home from school because you could not afford to provide her sanitary pads? This is the sad reality for many Ugandan girls, especially those living in rural areas. These girls often miss valuable class time and some eventually just drop out of school completely.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, stressed the importance of educating young women in a 2004 speech:
"There is no tool for development more effective than the education of girls and the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality, or improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS."
One School at a Time, in conjunction with Empower Women in Africa (empowerwomeninafrica.com) is fundraising now to purchase 100 Empower Kits ($22 each) from GladRags (gladrags.com) for each older girl at our two partner schools in Uganda. The kit contains 5 re-useable pads and a carry bag. These pads are culturally appropriate (Ugandan girls are familiar with washing their menstrual rags and re-using) and will provide enough sanitary supplies to last each girl for at least three to five years. By donating a kit, you provide these girls with security and confidence and most importantly, an opportunity to stay in school.
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Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support this fundraising effort.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!