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.
- Thanks from Navakawau Primary Kids
Sun 9th Feb
Kids from Navakawau Primary send a big vinaka (thank you) to members of Rotary Club of Balwyn. Remote Island schools either don’t have any electricity at all or they have a decent generator that runs for a couple hours during the day and a couple of hours during the evening for the teachers. Balwyn Rotary funded a solar system that gives the school 24-hour power and that means these kids can step into a modern education. The money that is saved on diesel creates decades of cash flow to buy the computers and the other electronic resources for the school and will also save heaps and heaps of carbon dioxide. The school has 165 students, 9 teachers, 8 teachers’ quarters. The school sustained significant cyclone damage and much of the school has been rebuilt repaired with very strong replacements – completed mid 2019. It's Time Foundation
- California Rotary sends masks for fire fighters
Sat 11th Jan
Donations in Kind (DIK) received, unloaded and temporarily stored an amazing gift from a Rotary Club in California of 24 pallets of medically certified respirators/masks for fire fighters. Qantas flew them from Los Angeles to Melbourne free of charge and they will be distributed as needed. We have no idea of the number of masks or their value, but it is huge. Donations in Kind
- Truckloads of medical supplies for injured wildlife
Sat 11th Jan
Donation is Kind (DIK) agreed to provide, at short notice, “medical” equipment for treating wildlife injured in the horrendous bushfires in Victoria. The State Government had announced that many veterinarians were available from the Department of Agriculture to do this work. DIK was overstocked with suitable equipment, donated from hospitals as past its “best before” date but brand new and intended for shipment to third world countries. It was re-packaged on the day, mostly by members of the new Rotary Club of Melbourne passport Club in packs specified by a Rotarian veterinarian with good connections to the Department of Agriculture. The result was two truckloads of such equipment, shipped from DIK on Thursday to the Department of Agriculture, to be distributed to its veterinarians around Victoria. Donations in Kind