Pads for Girls

In South Sudan, girls do not attend school during their menstrual cycle. The Pads for Girls Initiative enables girls to attend school every day, ensuring continuity of education and social participation.

The cotton, washable, and reusable pads were made by volunteers in Rochester and taken to Ajong Primary School by Linda Werts of Newark Rotary Club in 2013. Each girl received two pads enclosed in plastic baggies, along with an attractive cloth pouch the girls carry to school. This simple pad was transformative as it ensured that girls could now receive their education on a daily basis.

While at the school, Linda taught the women how to make the pads. Funds were collected and two treadle sewing machines were purchased. The women are making pads and also skirts for the girls’ uniforms.  In time, more clothing items may be sewn and a cottage industry could develop.

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