Awesomepreneur has partnered with the inspiring young women of Girls Shift Africa to raise funds for our 2013 Ruby Cup pilot project: an initiative that will provide a task force of young women in Mombasa, Kenya with sustainable, locally-made menstrual hygiene supplies. Thanks to our generous donors, we’re nearly halfway to our goal. Will you help us make the final push? (You can learn more about the Ruby Cup at Ruby-Cup.com.)
I am also thrilled to pass on an update from the Shifters themselves, shared today via Facebook. (Pass a Like their way and stay on top of all things Girls Shift!)
Our Menstrual Hygiene program is taking shape quite nicely! While the fabulous Awesomepreneur Rachael Kay Albers is raising funds for a Ruby Cup pilot project, we’re exploring further options, for instance biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana fiber. After all, we don’t want to fix one issue and cause another, such as environmental pollution! However, as we work on a solution which is both sustainable and affordable, we resolved to provide the 40 primary school girls participating in our empowerment sessions with 1 pack of conventional pads per month to keep them in school during their periods. This costs us Ksh 3.500 per month and we are inviting global sisters who feel called to partner with us for a month or more by becoming a Precious Pad Princess and sponsoring that amount.
(It’s $40 USD / 30 Euro / GB£ 25 per month to cover 40 girls! And by the way, we also include our one and only female soccer player, 13-year old Priscilla, in this program, though she’s at a different school!)
Asante sana! Thank You! Herzlichen Dank!
For more information on how you can become a Precious Pad Princess, contact the leaders of Girls Shift Africa through their Facebook page or donate now to help us fund the Ruby Cup pilot project.