Period Poverty

An average of 51% of young girls routinely drop out of school in Ethiopia, not because they want to but due to their monthly cycle and lack of sanitary pads … this is what stops them. It is known as Period Poverty. So…. routinely girls will miss several days of school every month….

75% of Ethiopian women and girls do not have access to proper menstrual products and 25% simply lack the funds… The social stigma and poor hygiene surrounding the monthly cycle the most natural thing in a young woman’s life, affects girls severely especially girls who live in remote rural areas….

Working with our local social enterprise Ethiopian partner Arakele, we produce reusable washable sanitary pads/towels along with cotton underpants – all items are produced locally in Addis Ababa by Arakele graduates. Arakele is producing pads for distribution to girls in need working directly through local councils and organizations.

It costs just 10 gbp for 4 Sanitary Pads/Towels – Providing a girl with 4 pads would mean One to Wear, Two as Spare and One to Wash.

The pads are also provided in an attractive and discreet fabric bag made from fabric remnants.


International Donations can be paid quickly and securely through Paypal or by Credit Card:


If you would prefer to make a deposit to our Project Pencil Case UK Bank account

The Co-Operative Bank

Name of Account: Project Pencil Case

Account Number: 65529335

Sort Code: 08-92-99

For deposits from overseas:

IBAN – GB70 CPBK 089299 65529335



You may send pound sterling checks directly to


9 Park Avenue, Scarborough, YO 124AG  (the funds will be transferred to Ethiopia)

Thank You Very Much for your Kind Support!

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