Young girls in regions of the world where poverty is extreme often stay home from school during their menstrual period because sanitary pads are not available or too expensive. In Uganda for example, girls may miss 25% of their schooling because the basic needs for feminine hygiene are not readily available. These girls soon fall behind and drop out. Without an education, they are destined for marriage at an early age and a continuing life of poverty in the region.
“Sylvia’s Sisters” is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit group of Richmond, Virginia women who have taken up the task of sewing washable, reusable feminine hygiene pads for these girls and assembling a small kit of other essential items to deal with their monthly period in a healthy way and without embarrassment.