The Pink Project

The Pink Project is dedicated to provide sanitary pads to girls and women living in slum areas in Africa and to disadvantaged girls in schools. International Volunteers aims to End Period Poverty by hosting yearly charitable events with our alumni and to train our seamstresses in sewing reusable pads “RePads.”

Challenges of Period Poverty


ü Studies from UNICEF found 65 per cent of females in the Kibera slum – an area of the capital of Nairobi which is one of the largest urban slums in Africa – had traded sex for sanitary pads.

ü Girls and women rely on old cloths, pieces of blankets, chicken feathers, mud, pieces of foam mattress, toilet paper, and newspapers to manage their menstruation – all of which are unhygienic, ineffective and uncomfortable.

ü 76 % of girls and women faced challenges in gaining access to adequate water and sanitation facilities for menstruation.

ü Lack of access to menstrual hygiene products impacts MILLIONS of girls and women across Africa.

ü The effect of period poverty is devastating, girls end up missing on their education, thereby increasing the likelihood of dropping out, earlier marriage and pregnancy, as well as limiting career options.

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"The more I travelled and met with girls and learned from experts about this issue, the more I realized that the barrier to girls’ education isn’t just resources. It’s also about attitudes and beliefs – the belief that girls simply aren’t worthy of an education; that woman should have no role outside the home; that their bodies aren’t their own, their minds don’t really matter, and their voices simply shouldn’t be heard."

Aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals