Girls living in poverty in Africa often miss up to a week of school every month once they reach puberty because of their menstrual period. The reason for their absence from school is multifactorial and includes lack of appropriate sanitary products and cultural beliefs associated with menstruation. This absence severely affects their education as schools are seldom responsive to the situation and offer little or no opportunity for the young women to catch up the work they miss.
Global School Partners (GSP) ran a trial Young Women’s Program in 2017 in three schools and an orphanage and the program reduced absenteeism due to menstruation by an average of 88%; it increased understanding of menstruation as a natural part of a women’s life and increased the self confidence and wellbeing of the young women involved.
GSP have partnered with Pad Heaven who manufacture the washable sanitary pads and have developed the education and training program and resources.
Pad Heaven is a Kenyan solution developed by a Kenyan entrepreneur for Kenyan women.
The Rotary Club of Balwyn has provided funds towards this valuable initiative.
- Overseas Kids Foundation in Vietnam
Mon 9th Dec
Community Assistance in VietnamThe Rotary Club of North Balwyn set up a charitable trust, Overseas Kids Foundation, which is now a registered non government organisation in Vietnam. Our Club established a new partnership with the leadership team in Bang Gia. Watch the video to hear more about this wonderfully successful project. Overseas Kids Foundation
- Small Donation, Large Impact
Tue 26th Feb
Whether you’re searching for a pre-loved or hand-crafted gem, the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market is synonymous for uncovering unique items but many of its devotees may not know how far their donations go to help communities. The sound of gold coins as they rattle in the Rotary volunteer’s tins sets the scene for the Melbourne tradition of looking for treasure in the converted car park on Sundays. The generosity of market fans continues to make a difference to thousands of families and people both locally and internationally. (more…)
- Ptea Teuk Dong Social Enterprise Project
Mon 9th Dec
Clarke Ballard, Rotary Club of Balwyn member, traveled to Cambodia to investigate the possibility of funding a social enterprise with Ptea Teuk Dong (PTD). Ptea Teuk Dong is a non-government organisation based in the town of Battambang, north-western Cambodia, about 3.5 hours’ drive from Siem Reap. Its name translates as House Water Coconut, coconut water being renowned in Cambodia for its healing properties. Ptea Don Tev (the house of Grandma Tev) is an almost 200-year-old house located in Don Tev village, about 7 km from central Battambang and half way between Battambang and the Ek Phnom Temple. The village is the only area in Battambang producing rice-paper used in spring rolls. (more…)