Pads for Girls
Girls in South Sudan do not attend school during their menstrual cycle. The Pads for Girls Initiative provides girls with handmade sanitary pads so they can attend school every day, ensuring continuity of education and social participation.
The cotton, washable, and reusable pads were originally made by volunteers in Rochester and taken to Ajong Primary School by Linda Werts of Newark Rotary Club in 2013.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.
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 now making pads and also skirts for the girls’ uniforms. In time, more clothing items may be sewn and a cottage industry could develop.