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    Keeping one group of girls in school

    Day 291

    For When You Need It

    On Day 289, we saw what a huge impact reusable sanitary pads can have on a group of women – it lifts their worry, makes each month a little easier.

    But sometimes, you can’t predict when – or where – you might need a pad. This is especially true for girls in school. Sometimes they need access to a pad during classes, far away from home, but they’re stuck without.

    When we met with the headmaster of a school in Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement, he filled us in on the problem.

    “When girls hit puberty,” he said, “Sometimes they don’t have the right resources. It can even keep kids out of school completely.”

    There are so many challenges keeping girls out of the classroom in Bidi Bidi, especially as they get older. Having your period shouldn’t be one of them.

    So we stocked this school with as many sanitary pads as we could get for $500 – which totaled over 500 pads!

    “This will really help the students!” said the headmaster. “They need these pads. With them, they can more easily stay in school.”

    This change made possible by Atomic Data.

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