Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) for school girls

Basic menstrual hygiene is a crucial part of a woman’s wellbeing and dignity, which every woman should have the right to have access to. However, poor menstrual hygiene is still a situation that many girls from low-income families face in Tanzania today. This is mainly due to the lack of accessibility and high costs of pads. As a result of this many schoolgirls’ often do not attend classes on their periods, which has a strong negative impact on their education.

Why Menstrual Hygiene Management is a Problem?

– Schoolgirls often do not attend classes during their period, in some areas, girls are locked away by their parents during the period and are not allowed to participate in daily societal life
– Girls cannot afford to buy sanitary napkins and often use unhygienic fabrics or banana fibres
– Affordable sanitary napkins are not available specifically in the rural area
– Disposable sanitary pads are no long-lasting solution for girls from poor families
– Disposable sanitary pads are harmful to the environment when not disposed of properly

According to Tanzania Water Sanitation Network (TAWASANET) report of 2015 regarding menstrual hygiene management the majority of the school girls miss between 1-3 days of class every month due to the lack of proper facilities for menstrual hygiene, they also reported that 63% of school latrines don’t have a place to dispose of sanitary while 38% of school don’t have wash facilities like water to facilitate menstrual hygiene management in their school setting resulting to severe school drop outs, absenteeism and lower academic performance of girls.

Tanzania Water Sanitation Network (TAWASANET) report, 2015

Binti Project Activities

– Creating awareness on MHM within the local society including local governments, parents, teachers                  
– Educating school girls and boys on stigma-free MHM
– Training student ambassadors in promoting MHM at the school level 
– Training tailoring mamas in the villages in sewing re-usable sanitary napkins
– Assisting set up of a long-lasting social marketing system for sanitary napkins at village level
– Setting up emergency sanitary napkin dispensing system at the school level
– Advocating local governments for increased MHM funding within their annual budgets
– Developing adopted promotional material on MHM
– Developing a complete set of MHM care including re-usable sanitary napkins, napkin holder, clutch, waterproof bag, soap, MHM instructions, menstrual calendar, recycling pen and panties
– Documenting the project activities in the media (TV, print media, social media)
– Promoting the BINTI project to partners interested in supporting the project

BINTI sanitary pad kit

BINTI sanitary pad kit provides means of menstrual hygiene to school girls in Tanzania. Girls will no longer miss classes as they feel safe to attend school during their period. Our BINTI sanitary pads are reusable. They are eco-friendly as they do not have to be disposed of after use.

What is inside the kit?

We donate reusable sanitary pads in a form of the set which we call Binti set and an emergency sanitary box with 10 reusable sanitary pads placed in different school buildings in a school. The Binti-Set have the following items

– Big fabric bag (drawstring bag) in which we put all the items.

– Small fabric bag (clutch) in which we put five sanitary pads.

-Big waterproof bag which will be used to put a used sanitary pad by a student when she is at school.

-Small waterproof bag in which inside of it we put one anti-bacteria soap in order for a student to clean herself by using it after changing the pad.

– Two pants in the set in which a student uses it to wear with pads

-An instruction paper comprise the calendar and menstrual cycle in which a student will use it to track and count her period, there is instruction on how to use the Binti kit and also how to clean the Binti kit. Also, there is a pencil in the set in which will be used to shade.

Support Binti Project

AfriCraft Social Projects activities can only be carried out in the future without your support and donations. As a nonprofit organization (NGO), we have committed ourselves to use all funds and donations only for the realization of our statutory goals. We do not strive to maximize profits, but rather to maximize community engagement and youth empowerment, environmental protection and nature conservation, especially for sustainable development.

For further information please write to us via email at or the address below.

AfriCraft NGO
P.O BOX 105882,
21 Guinea Rd Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 (0) 759 785 223

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