Eco Dreams has been facilitating the donation of over 500 menstrual products since 2013
As part of our commitment to sustainability and social change we run, participate in and sponsor numerous charitable events throughout the year. Did you know that a girl in the developing world can miss up to 20% of her education solely down to not having access to affordable menstrual products?
According to UNICEF, 1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or will drop out of school entirely due to a lack of menstrual products and poor access to proper sanitation. Only 12% of girls and women have access to menstrual products globally. By providing a girl with the means of managing her period, we are giving her the key to fulfilling her potential. Enabling her to work her way out of poverty and in power her community. There is actually a name for this – it’s called the Girl Effect!. We bring solutions, health and dignity to an underserved population of women in the UK and around the world. Through our yearly projects we aim to distribute menstrual hygiene kits or fundraise for charities that run puberty and menstrual health workshops.
We have previously run and participated in the following charitable projects, Pads for Africa October 2013, Pads for Africa two July 2014 ,AMPS for Africa October 2014 – February 2015 and sponsored Ditch the disposables campaign 2015 which had a charitable arm.
Here are a few words from the girls that received the kits from the Pads for Africa two project in 2014.
“Thank you for these Pads, I would never have been able to have bought these by myself. Now I can go to school without worrying when I am on my menses’ Gift 13yrs”
“I will now go to school on my period’ Chrissy 15yrs”
“I want to be an engineer, now my menses will not stop me learning’ Maria 15yrs”
For our 2016 charity event, we decided to donate £100 worth of organic disposable pads and tampons to our local food bank. As well as donating additionally 4% of profits from our lovely customers orders to help us purchase more pads and tampons to donate. Most people don’t think about donating pads and tampons to their local food bank, yet they are a necessity and most food banks are in desperate need of them. For people living on the breadline spending roughly £6 a month on menstrual products is a cost they simply cannot afford! So please consider donating a box of pads or tampons the next time you make a donation to your local food bank, they are very much needed.
” Most people don’t think of donating sanitary products, but they are very much needed! “ – Steph,
Project Manager at the One Can Trust.