GIRLS CAN DO EVERYTHING
Better Life for Girls: overcoming period poverty.
1 in 10 girls in Africa miss class because of their periods
"It's not fair we don't have the same opportunities as boys because we have to stay home so many days."
A silent crisis
In the rural village of Méhé, Cameroon, women and girls are excluded from day-to-day activities, being sometimes even forbidden to cook.
"Why?", you ask. Because of myths and taboos surrounding periods.
When you menstruate, you are considered impure.
Not only do girls suffer in silence, but they also rely on rags, newspapers, banana leaves, and old clothing. After all, in a place where agriculture and trading are the main sources of income, menstrual products have no place in the household budget.
Shame and secrecy are impacting women's health and keeping them from working and studying.
Put a stop to gender-based poverty.
Our Better Life for Girls project educates communities about menstrual and reproductive health.
Good Neighbors organizes girls' clubs and training sessions to promote personal hygiene. One of the biggest goals of this project is to provide a safe place for women to ask questions, creating learning opportunities in a judgment-free environment. Whole communities are involved, including men.
During educational talks, the Good Neighbors team creates demonstrations that are easy to follow. Participants discuss fertility, family planning, and menstrual symptoms.
Men are encouraged to participate to understand what women's bodies go through during menstruation, and how vital it is to maintain good menstrual hygiene.
Women and girls are empowered to become active ambassadors in their communities.
One of the first steps is to distribute Dignity Kits, with soap, pairs of underwear, reusable pads, and menstrual bracelets to track their periods.
Can you give $14.99 for one Dignity Kit today?
Main challenges they face
These awesome vendors, part of Good Neighbors & Friends, donate part of their sales to support our project.
One of them is Purdy Natural, a local wellness boutique, which created the Better Life for Girls soap exclusively for us!
Give girls a better life.
We are a Canadian registered charity (Registration Number: 72273 2922 RR0001), therefore donations are eligible for a tax receipt, issued to the donor’s email. Changes and cancellations can be made anytime. Donors have the options of creating a donor account, powered by CanadaHelps DMS, to update information online. If you prefer to speak to our team, you can reach us at 1 (833) 614-GOOD (4663).