EVERY £3 MEANS 25% MORE TIME IN SCHOOL FOR ONE OF THESE GIRLS
See the girls in the photo? Pretty happy, right. The reason for their joy is easy enough to explain. They have just been given sanitary pads which means for the next year they can look forward to never having to miss a day in school. Without pads, these girls miss up to 25% of their education. With pads they barely miss a day. In their region of Uganda, the average daily wage is £1.50. Two packs of re-usable pads cost £3. These pads will last for a whole year. A year when they can attend school every day. A year when they will not suffer shame, humiliation and infections. £3 doesn't seem like much. Not to us. To their families it represents all most a day and a half of income. For us in the UK that would be the equivalent of £100. A lot right? In these tough times there would be any number of British families who would not be able to £100 to cover the costs of their daughter's sanitary pads. What we do at the Kupata Project really could not be more simple. We raise funds here in the UK and we use the money to provide sanitary pads to school girls in Uganda. Every £3 we raise means a girl doesn't need to miss a day of school for a year. We have no offices, no paid staff, no gilded pension schemes. Not a penny of the money we raise goes to paying for trips to Africa. Every last penny we raise goes to buying pads. We are not providing sticking plasters. We don't pretend to be saving the world. Instead we are investing in the future by giving the girls we help a level playing field to compete on. For young, developing countries like Uganda, education means absolutely everything. This is why sanitary pads can be the key to unlock a brighter future for the girls we support.