Menstrual hygiene, toilets, sanitation and open defecation are all taboo subjects which affect millions of people globally, particularly in developing countries. They cause embarrassment, uneasiness and divisions in communities, especially for women.
In many of these countries, women and girls are already at a disadvantage just because of their gender. However, when you start adding restrictions and missing school or work to the mix, this disadvantage is amplified just by having your period.
Although we are keen to get started on our international projects, we understand the importance of working with local NGOs, who know the culture and people, to develop projects which provide: education, access to appropriate sanitary materials and facilities such as toilets and running water, to ensure women and girls can manage their periods effectively.
We are still building relationships with our partners and hope to raise funds for our first official project by the end of 2017. We hope this will be a long-lasting, sustainable partnership which will continue for many years.
In 2016 we conducted a fact-finding mission to find potential partners in Nepal (see our vlog)
and are currently planning another to Kenya in Spring 2017, investigating the possibilities of empowering disabled women to be the ambassadors for menstrual hygiene projects in their communities.