Nashipae remembers her adolescent years filled with pain and seclusion. During her menstrual cycles she endured taunts at school where there was no support for sanitary needs.
Like so many other girls in rural villages across Africa who face the same embarrassment, Nashipae missed school regularly during her monthly cycles. Falling far behind the boys academically, she was forced to repeat several classes, threatening a life-long inability to rise above poverty.
It’s a very common hardship millions of girls face in rural villages where sanitary needs are unattainable.
“It was bad,” says Nashipae. “I did not want to go to school. Imagine being at a place where the cycles could start anytime and you had nowhere to go and help yourself with all eyes in the class stuck on you?”
All of that changed for her when Unite 4 Africa began supplying dignity pads to schools among the rural communities. Girls are now motivated to continue with school. They now feel the care and support that allows them to comfortably compete with boys and often perform better in class. Female teachers serve as matrons and provide the girls with reserved sanitary pads that Unite 4 Africa supplies along with sustainable, on-going health education.
And it has opened the door to share the Gospel and love of Christ with these girls, their families, and their communities.
Something so simple yet so profound is transforming these girls’ lives, their education, dignity, and futures thanks to Unite 4 Africa’s friends who partner with us in this vital campaign.
Right now we have a tremendous need to provide dignity pads and health education for many thousands more girls. For just $42 you can provide for one girl for an entire year. Just $210 will provide for five girls. Think of the impact you’ll have on each of them.
But today you can double the impact of your gift. A couple who has been to Africa with us were so touched when they saw how God was using their gifts that they are willing to match whatever you give dollar for dollar. Whatever you give will impact twice as many girls when your gift is matched by these friends of ours.
We’re praying that you will choose to be used by God to help some of these girls who face the same hardship that Nashipae faced. Please take a moment to share the best gift you can at www.Unite4Africa.org/donate. Let us know that you’re supporting the Dignity Pads Project by typing “Dignity” in the comment field.
On behalf of these vulnerable girls, we thank you for being a vital part of this God-glorifying effort that will change their lives.