Over the weekend Alison and Richard visited A Time to Sew, a sewing group in Ipswich who have supported the Freedom Project for many years.
The group were inspired after a visit from Alison earlier this year, to run a workshop making reusable sanitary pads to be sent out to our partners in Rwanda.
They also created a template for the women on the Freedom Project to follow so they'll able to make them too.
'In countries where sanitary products are inaccessible or unaffordable, menstruation can mean missed school for girls (UNICEF estimates 10% of African girls don’t attend school during their periods) and an increased dropout rate, missed work for women and repeated vaginal infections because of unsanitary menstrual products. One study showed that …73% of female factory workers miss an average of six days – and six days of pay – every month because of their periods.' The Guardian 11 August 2014
At RSVP Trust we currently provide Sanitary pads to sponsored girls attending the school in Kayonza each month. With the support from A Time To Sew we will soon be able to provide reusable pads to the young girls at the school, and also provide a template and instructions on how to make them to the women on the Freedom project too, who will be able to make and sell the pads, which will help them grow their business.