Calligraphy For A Cause
Here at Jenni Liandu Calligraphy, we are passionate about doing our best to relieve the suffering of vulnerable people around the world. We are committed to giving a percentage of our profits to Signpost International. This money goes towards The Pink Project shown below which empowers girls in Uganda.
School is often the most important opportunity available to young people in developing communities, where they can begin to learn the skills that can help them to escape the cycle of poverty. Unfortunately there isn't often equal access to education for both boys and girls, and girls are also less likely to complete their school education.
So why do girls tend to drop out of school?
Various research studies have identified menstruation as one of the key barriers to girls' school attendance and attainment.
There is often a stigma attached to the natural process of menstruation, and sanitary supplies are expensive and beyond the means of most households already struggling with poverty. As a result, many girls have to manage their period with rags and newspaper, sometimes even resorting to things like mud, corn husks and tree bark – anything they can find. These methods are ineffective, uncomfortable and carry a strong potential for infection and disease.
Many girls, therefore, tend to avoid school on the days that they are having their period, leaving them isolated and missing out on the opportunity of up to two months of education in every year. And menstruation, when combined with a lack of clean and safe toilets at school, leads to much higher school dropout rates amongst girls once they reach puberty.
So helping girls to gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene, vital health knowledge, and income-generating opportunities can, therefore, begin to remove some of these barriers to a better education…
Signpost International are empowering girls and increasing their opportunities through making affordable sanitary solutions more widely available.
Through a partnership with the charity Days for Girls – who will provide the design, raw materials and training – Signpost is, therefore, helping to create a micro-enterprise in the Wakiso area, employing ten women who will make and sell reusable sanitary kits and liquid soaps. Alongside their distribution to schools, they will also provide menstrual and hygiene education to pupils, help to reduce stigmas, and teach girls how to use, wash and maintain the kits provided.
Each one of these washable feminine hygiene kits gives back to its owner up to 6 months of living in just three years of use - that's 180 days of education, health, safety and dignity.
If you are interested in donating to this project, please click here. One kit like this only costs £5.00 to make, and that £5.00 can make a big difference to the life of one girl. In the additional comments box, please state that you would like your donation to go towards The Pink Project.