A while ago, I started raising funds to buy menstrual cups from MyownCup Menstrual Cup. The idea was for them to go to a school in Eikenhof in Johannesburg South, but unfortunately this did not work out. Riverside Community Church was already on board helping raise funds with their outreach team, Branch Out, and so they contacted the Khaya Centre who were very keen. We are in the process of finalising a date where Branch Out and MyOwnCup can meet with all the girls at the Khaya Centre and offer the training and guidance and support needed. Very exciting!
Some of you may have seen my previous post about it, well here is a repeated and updated version! Please do help spread the word about this, where ever you are in the world.
Imagine being an underprivileged young woman living in South Africa, without always having access to water and or electricity, and not being able to afford food, let alone tampons or even san pads.
Imagine not being able to go to school because you are having your period and you don’t have san pads. Many girls miss up to 50 days of school per year! Some use rags as san pads … we won’t even go there on the hygiene issues, not to mention the embarrassment they must suffer.
For most of us, our biggest concern at this time of the month is what comfort food we need and convincing the other half to give us a foot massage. My heart goes out to these girls.
A menstrual cup is made from medical grade silicone, and once inserted can be kept in place for up to 12 hours safely. These have been used for many, many years all over the world by woman of all backgrounds. They are becoming a popular solution in rural, underprivileged areas due to the financial savings, health factors, as well as the obvious environmental issues! I have used a menstrual cup for years and it is life changing!
So far we have raised just over R21475. Initially I had a JustGiving crowdfunder to try kickstart things, and that raised £160. Just as that ended we had lots more interest and funds coming in directly and then Riverside starting facilitating the receiving of funds for me.
This is going to be an ongoing project for me and I will be meeting with Cara of MyOwnCup soon to finalise getting this officially set up to make it easier for people to donate and fundraise for those in need in their areas. Watch this space!
If you would like to order a MyOwnCup Menstrual Cup for yourself, you can do so from Faithful to Nature (click the link). This is an affiliate link, and all money raised from this will go directly to the Girls Fund.
If you would like any more information, please feel free to get in touch with me on 079 355 3666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.