Project Phumelela

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It's estimated that one in 10 girls in Africa will miss school when they have their periods.

Missing days at school can lead girls to drop out altogether, putting them at greater risk of child marriage, and getting pregnant at a younger age.


For as little as $25 you can get a girlchild through school with dignity


The pilot project objective is to visit 20 secondary schools in the Hwange province, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe (2022) working alongside partners like Children in the wilderness, Wilderness Safari, and a chosen sanitary pad company to provide 788 girls with a long term sustainable solution to sanitaryware. 

Currently, most of these school girls have little or no access to any sanitaryware, be that disposable or reusable sanitaryware, as it's simply too costly or unavailable. 


Ultimately this results in the girls potentially missing 528 days of education throughout their schooling career perpetuating the current gender inequalities found in these rural areas. 

If girls are missing their education because of menstruation, this reduces their future career prospects. These factors have a negative bearing on their educational performance. 

Every girl deserves the right and access to hygienic, safe menstrual health management that empowers her to participate fully in her society and live a healthy self-determined life.

The goal is to provide a sustainable eco-friendly solution that would see the girls through their secondary school career by offering them a re-usable product that requires only hand washing, and should with proper care and maintenance last 3-5years. 

For the pilot project the schools that Maluuk Explores plans to visit, 

Ngamo Primary & Secondary 

Mtshayeli Primary 

Kapane Primary & Secondary 

Mlevu Primary 

Ziga Primary 

Mpindo Primary 

Jakalasi Primary 

Sipepa Primary & Secondary 

Matupula Primary 


Girls end up making use of old cloths and rags.


Girls use cotton Wool


Use pads


Reported using Newspaper and Leaves

A study by SNV Zimbabwe states that 72% of menstruating schoolgirls do not use sanitary pads because they cannot afford them.


Poverty stretches beyond lack of food and water, as period poverty is one of the biggest challenges Zimbabwean women face. With more than 3 million girls in Zimbabwe menstruating, there is high demand for feminine products. 

Menstrual hygiene in Africa: No pad or no way to dispose it
Women in sub-Saharan Africa still struggle to have a healthy and safe period


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