Inspiring Futures of Ugandan Girls
This holiday season, Mothering and Lunapads will partner to support Shanti Uganda’s At Risk Girls Program. Together, Mothering and Lunapads aim to inspire social change by providing a healthier future for teen girls in Uganda.
Pads4Girls was founded in 2000 by Lunapads co-founders, Suzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw, who are dedicated to creating more positive and informed relationships between women, their bodies, and the Earth via their environmentally friendly line of reusable feminine hygiene products. Lack of feminine hygiene supplies directly impacts the health and futures of thousands of girls and women in developing nations, who are forced to miss school or work each month because of what is perceived to be an embarrassing women’s affliction—their regular menstrual cycle.
This all too often overlooked women’s health issue creates a devastating domino effect, starting with school absenteeism and dropout, leading to early marriage and childbearing and their resulting risk of maternal mortality, as well as diminished income earning opportunities. Compelled to improve the lives of women and girls, Lunapads founded Pads4Girls to partner with customers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to combat these challenges and pave the road to a brighter future for these young women.
Pads4Girls supplies Kits comprised of washable pads and panties to girls in need that can be reused for years without burdening the local waste stream. Through the program, Lunapads has provided Kits to over 2,000 girls across Africa and Central America, including their largest-ever shipment of 200 Kits to the Dominican Republic in March 2011. Inspired by this story, Mothering approached Lunapads, a long-term Mothering supporter and friend, with the intent of galvanizing the Mothering community to support Lunapads’ latest campaign: Shanti Uganda’s At Risk Girls Program, a health and wellness program focused on inspiring futures for teen mothers and out of school girls in Kasana Town Uganda
What are the goals in supporting Shanti Uganda?
Shanti Uganda is a Vancouver-based charity that improves infant and maternal health, provides safe women-centered care and supports the well-being of birthing mothers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. As part of the workshop, each girl will also receive AFRIpads (Ugandan-made cloth pads based on Lunapads) and a health education manual.
In addition to supporting Shanti Uganda, in January 2012, Madeleine and Suzanne will be participating in Shanti Uganda’s 2012 Yoga & Seva Journey and will be travelling to Uganda to visit the Birth House. As participants on the trip, Madeleine and Suzanne have also been asked to share their business knowledge with the Shanti Uganda Women’s Income Generating Group, comprised of local women artisans, as part of their time in the community.
Mothering will support this fundraiser from December 1st, 2011 through January 12, 2012.
Here's How You Can Help:
For $15, you can provide a girl in need with life-changing products and lasting education.
1) Give Support, Get Lunapads: Mothering members and their friends can use a promotional code (P4GUganda) and receive 10% off their order. Lunapads will also donate 10% from each sale towards financing washable pad kits and education for 300 girls.
2) Donate Directly, Get a Gift: For Mothering community members wishing to make a cash donation without purchasing products, donations in increments of $15 can be made directly via Lunapads ($15 is the cost of providing a workshop and pad kit for one girl.) Members who donate more than $30 (benefits 2 girls) will receive a bracelet handcrafted by women artisans in Kasana Town. Donations over $60 (benefits 4 girls) will receive a necklace made by the same group.
We need your help in reaching the goal of raising $4,500 to support Shanti Uganda programs. As part of our commitment to this cause, we will update you regularly on our progress. We invite you, your family, and friends to join us in our effort to inspire social change through this sustainable health program.
Furthermore, we are excited to announce that Suzanne and Madeleine will share their experience in Uganda with us! Look forward to their personal stories about this transformative journey with Shanti Uganda as they visit the Shanti Uganda Birth House.
Thank You and Happy Holidays!
We give a special thanks to our friends who have joined us in this program. We could not make this holiday miracle happen without you!
Thanks Boba Family and Earth Mama Angel Baby.
Featured Sponsors of Pads4Girls Uganda 2012: