PadHer is making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching and mentoring young African school girls from underserved communities about periods and puberty using comic books

Our comic book come with 3 free reusable pads to help fight against Period Poverty in Africa and keep our young girls in school!

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BREAKing DOWN BARRIERS SO YOUNG african schoolgirls from underserved communities CAN TAKE CONTROL OF THE FUTURE.

THE ISSUE
One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their periods to avoid the embarrassment of bleeding through their uniforms. Some girls use unhygienic items such as cloth rags, socks, leaves, or dry grass as a substitute for pads which can lead to infections. Many girls drop out of school altogether once they begin menstruating. Should our young girls miss 20% of school days in a given year or drop out due to a lack of information or lack of sanitary products?

The plain answer is NO!

There’s already a lot standing in their way; from pervasive poverty to persistent cultural attitudes, to forced early marriages and child labour.

Periods shouldn’t be one of them!

Many girls have been forced into period poverty (lack of access to menstrual hygiene products and education) due to financial barriers, stigma, and a lack of education about periods, and Covid-19 has worsened the problem. 

OUR SOLUTION
We are a women-led non-profit organization. Our organization educates and mentors young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty via the use of comic books so that they can effectively manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed. All of our comic books come with 3 free reusable sanitary pads to help fight against period poverty in Africa, one pair of underwear, and a free unique period bracelet to help them track where they are in their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag.

We are PadHer. We educate, mentor, and equip young African schoolgirls to manage their periods effectively. We break down barriers so that young African schoolgirls can take control of the future.

PADHER IN ACTION

Our Core values are derived from the acronym P.E.R.I.O.D

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Providing free sanitary pads to young schoolgirls and making them accessible.

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Educating and mentoring young African schoolgirls on periods and puberty in the most innovative way possible.

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Raising awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene for young schoolgirls.

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Instilling the self-confidence that young schoolgirls need to succeed in the future.

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Obliterating period poverty in Africa.

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Dispelling long-held myths and misconceptions about periods.

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ABOVE: Chika Nwaogu (Founder of PadHer) posing with the PadHer Schoolgirl Kit. The PadHer Schoolgirl Kit contains a free comic book to learn about periods, three free reusable pads (two reusable medium flow pads for daytime and one reusable heavy flow pad for nighttime), one beautiful small wet bag (for keeping their wet pads as they change to a new one in school)one pair of underwear, and a period bracelet (to help track their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag). 

THE SDGs WE CURRENTLY ADDRESS!

NO POVERTY

Period poverty is poverty, period! The goal is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, and like every other form of poverty, the pandemic worsened period poverty. PadHer is on a mission to help eradicate period poverty in Africa!

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

COVID-19 has deepened existing inequalities such as period poverty, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable communities the hardest. Because of the pandemic, many families are struggling to afford rent, food, and utility bills, let alone essential period products.

good health and well-being

We are providing free reusable sanitary pads and underwear to young schoolgirls so that they do not use unsanitary materials such as old rags, cloths, socks, and so on, which could lead to reproductive tract infections (RTI) or other health conditions.

Quality Education

African young schoolgirls miss up to 5 days of school per month as a result of their periods. We keep our girls in school by educating and mentoring them on periods and puberty and making sanitary pads free and accessible. We are ensuring that they receive a quality education.

gender equality

We are ensuring that young African schoolgirls can manage their periods safely, hygienically, and with dignity. We are breaking down barriers and creating positive social norms around periods.

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION and PRODUCTION

By providing reusable sanitary pads to young schoolgirls, we are reducing waste generation. We also teach these girls how to properly use and care for their reusable sanitary pads to avoid infections caused by improper pad care.

More SDGs >>>

OUR APPROACH

At PadHer, we take these holistic approaches to support young African schoolgirls in underserved communities: 

Innovative Period Education via Comic books and Workshops

We are educating and mentoring young African schoolgirls from underserved communities on periods and puberty using comic books, thus making it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching them about periods and puberty.

Making sanitary pads free and accessible

Due to the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial challenges in underserved communities, PadHer gives free reusable sanitary pads (3 pads) to young schoolgirls as we educate and mentor them about periods. We are giving these girls two years of period protection! Our pads also come with one free pair of underwear.

Increasing Menstrual awareness via Period Bracelets

We are increasing menstrual awareness via period bracelets. The period bracelet helps end period stigma as young schoolgirls wear them to show their support, while they also use it to track their cycle and be ready with a pad in their school bag. 

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Many young girls did not know what was happening when they got their first period and were unprepared. These girls do not even know why they bleed and how it happens, and this can sometimes make it a scary experience. Because of this, I set out to look for innovative ways to talk about periods to young girls for the first time. Due to the digital divide and the low penetration of technology in underserved communities, comic books were the best fit as they are both fun and engaging to young schoolgirls, and at the same time, do not require access to technology.
Chika Nwaogu
Founder of PadHer Initiative
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PERIODS CAN BE A

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PadHer is helping young school girls normalize periods, become more confident, ask questions and get informed answers.

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Girls Only — AFRICA’S FIRST COMIC BOOK SERIES ON PERIODS AND PUBERTY
The essential FREE period and puberty guide for every young African schoolgirl

Lack of knowledge about periods can lead to harmful beliefs and discrimination. It can also prevent girls from participating in regular childhood activities. Young girls are denied the opportunity to learn about periods and develop healthy behaviors due to stigma, taboos, and myths. Girls Only was created to make it free, fun, easy, and comfortable teaching young school girls about periods and puberty.

Talking about periods should never be boring. To effectively teach periods to young schoolgirls, we have to use mediums they find much more appealing — Comic Books!

Girls Only comic series tells the story of a 12-year old African schoolgirl Amanda, who just got her first period. The comic series takes us on young Amanda’s journey to better understanding periods and puberty.

Most recently, Girls Only broadened its focus beyond menstruation and puberty to include sexual and reproductive health and rights, addressing critical issues such as teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, body rights, and sexual and gender-based violence.

AWESOME STORYTELLING

Girls Only has an innovative approach to storytelling and audience engagement. We are using real-life experiences to capture our audience, yet keeping it fun to learn about periods and puberty!

Easy Learning
Easy Learning and Teaching

Our comic books make learning about period and puberty fun for schoolgirls and teaching comfortable for teachers and parents.

PadHer, sanitary pad
Comes with Free Reusable Sanitary Pads and underwear

All copies of our free comic book come with 3 free reusable sanitary pads to help fight against period poverty in Africa, a beautiful small wet bag (for storing wet pads to be washed at home) and one pair of underwear.

Period Bracelet
Comes with a Free Unique Period Bracelet

All copies of our free comic book come with a free unique period bracelet to help young schoolgirls track where they are in their cycle.

Boys Too!
Designed for Boys Too!

Girls Only is also created with boys in mind! Yes, you read that correctly. We named our comic series "Girls Only" to draw the attention of boys. We did this because, to eradicate period shaming, boys must learn about periods too!

Well researched
Well researched and Medically accurate contents

Girls Only contain medically accurate contents, and is thoroughly and carefully researched. Girls Only has been reviewed and vetted by medical experts.

DID YOU KNOW?
Some schoolgirls have sex to earn money to buy sanitary pads, exposing them to sexual and reproductive health risks like HIV infections and other forms of STIs, as well as unwanted pregnancies. For example, 60% of Kenyan girls do not have access to sanitary pads, and at least 10% of transactional sex is for menstrual products — showing a clear connection between a lack of menstrual products, reproductive health education, and high-risk sexual activity. By educating and mentoring young schoolgirls about periods and providing them with free reusable sanitary pads, we will not only be able to keep them in school but reduce the need for transactional sex for pads.
DidYouKnow?
DID YOU KNOW? : TOP 20 PERIOD MYTHS BURSTED
There are several myths regarding periods that are passed down to young girls. This booklet aims to enlighten young girls and give them accurate answers to some of the period-related questions they may have, and debunk period myths while doing so.
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Period Workshop for Schoolgirls
Our fun and exciting workshop prepares young schoolgirls to manage their periods and build the self-confidence they need to take control of the future and succeed!
Workshop at Schools

PadHer is constantly visiting schools in underserved communities across Africa, distributing our comic books, and engaging (educating and mentoring) young girls aged 10 to 15, around the time they first notice their period (Grade 6-8), in a one-hour workshop covering key period topics.

Free Comic Book, Reusable Sanitary Pads, and Period Bracelet

When we visit a school, we give each girl a free comic book on periods, three free reusable sanitary pads, a beautiful small wet bag for storing wet pads to be washed at home, one pair of underwear, and a free period bracelet to keep track of their cycle.

Certificate of participation

Every period workshop concludes with a certificate of participation handed to each student who participated. Even though our workshop's primary targets are young schoolgirls in underserved communities, we sometimes include boys too.

In addition to visiting schools and educating, mentoring and equipping young schoolgirl to manage their periods effectively, PadHer is constantly partnering with local NGOs across Africa to bring PadHer to their community. This program is called “Empower Dada”. Click here to learn more
Because we understand that not all girls start their periods at the same age, we only give out free reusable cloth pads, one pair of underwear, and a period bracelet to those who have begun to notice their periods. Those who have not started seeing theirs receive only our free comic book and a free workshop addressing crucial period issues. In communities that do not have access to clean water, we give out disposable pads instead of our traditional reusable pads.
PadHer, Amanda and her Teacher

QUICK FACT: Did you know that all copies of the "Girls Only" comic book come with 3 free PadHer Reusablesto help fight against Period Poverty in Africa?
PadHer Reusables™ are high-quality reusable cloth sanitary pads.
The 3 pads are made up of 2 reusable medium flow pads (for daytime) and 1 reusable heavy flow pad (for nighttime).

We also provide young schoolgirls with a beautiful small wet bag for keeping their wet pads as they change to a new one in school and one pair of underwear.

Our comic books also come with a free unique period bracelet.
Because every schoolgirl has a different menstrual cycle length, each girl needs to create a period bracelet unique to them. Some girls have period cycles as short as 21, while some have period cycles as long as 40; whatever their menstrual cycle length is, the Period Bracelet is for them. Inside the period bracelet kit, every schoolgirl is provided with a fishing line (to string together their beads), 10 red beads, and 40 white/black beads.
The RED beads are for days they are on their period, and the white/black ones are for days they are off their period.
That is 50 beads altogether! They do not need all 50 beads to make a period bracelet, but we need them to have as many as they can, just in case. We have given them so many beads to be able to construct a period bracelet no matter their period cycle length.
Based on their period pattern, they can build a unique period bracelet in 3 easy steps. The period bracelet is the abacus for periods. It is an easy way for young schoolgirls to track their menstrual cycle to help them know when to expect their period. Our comic books teach how to make and use this unique bracelet.

It is helpful for schoolgirls to begin tracking their menstrual cycle so that they can begin to accurately predict when they will have a period and be ready with a pad in their school bag.

Via our period bracelet, we are increasing menstrual awareness. The period bracelet helps end period stigma as young schoolgirls wear them to show their support while using the bracelet to track their cycle.
With PadHer, every day is Period Awareness Day (P.A.D)

Why now?

COVID-19

Because of the pandemic, underserved communities are experiencing high levels of period poverty. As a result, many families have been severely impacted and are struggling to afford rent, food, and utility bills, let alone essential period products. 

Families will continue to suffer as long as menstrual products aren’t considered a necessity. Not everyone who needs menstrual products has access to them. 

Just about every expense can be a source of stress when finances are tight for a family. Covid-19 is unlike other disasters in that it is not limited to a single location, and the demand for period products is global. The pandemic’s financial impact on families has made getting period materials even more difficult, increasing the risk of schoolgirls missing school.

According to one survey, 84% of students have missed school during their period owing to a lack of menstruation supplies. Access to menstrual products is a basic human need, and it is unacceptable to continue to overlook period poverty. Period poverty, stigma, and lack of period education all have serious consequences for menstruators’ well-being.

PadHer was created to bridge this gap; by providing menstrual education and supplies to young African schoolgirls from underserved communities. We are creating a world-leading impact, create it with us, donate today! 

PERIODS DON’T PAUSE FOR A PANDEMIC

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