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.
- Ptea Teuk Dong Social Enterprise Project
Wed 20th Feb
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…)
- Melbourne Cup Social Event
Tue 20th Nov
Anne and Peter provided the fabulous beach side venue; Cathy ran the sweeps and the BBQ was delicious making for a fun social occasion.
- Fijian Kindergarten
Tue 30th Oct
The cyclone proof kindergarten funded to the extent of $A30,000 by Balwyn is still on schedule with work being strictly supervised to Cat 5 standard. At this stage the Opening Ceremony is to be held on Friday 23 Nov. Rob Cromb MD of Kookai will be there at the Opening. If any members are at all interested in coming to the ceremony let me know so that arrangements can be made. KATALYST FOUNDATION (Charity arm of Kookai Aust)