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Help Give A Teenage Girl Her Dignity Back

Working with our partner Dignity Period, Ethiopiaid is committed to changing attitudes to menstruation in Tigray schools and communities, supporting girls to stay in education by offering, clean, safe and sustainable access to sanitary packs.

January 2019 - January 2020

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  • Need


    In the Tigray region of Ethiopia 98% of girls lack access to sanitary products which are expensive and difficult to find. Girls are forced to use whatever materials are available such as grass, leaves, old rags or nothing at all.


    Dignity Period focuses on changing attitudes to menstruation in both Tigray and Afar schools and communities, supporting girls to stay in education. Working with a local enterprise, which employs more than 40 local women, they produce and distribute reusable sanitary packs which include soap, pads and underwear.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Young women in Tigray are each given a pack so they can manage their monthly cycles discreetly.


    » Working with a local enterprise, which employs more than 40 local women to produce and distribute reusable sanitary packs.

    What success will look like

    So far over 120,000 girls have received packs but there are approximately a further 85,333 girls who we want to reach by 2020.

  • Impact


    We hope that by providing sanitary packs, more girls will be able to stay in school during their monthly cycles and therefore attain higher grades and progress through their education. We will be able to demonstrate our success with greater attendance and higher grades for girls in the schools we work in.


    Regular reporting, monitoring, field visits and financial management from our partner Dignity Period will enable us to manage risk in an effective way.


    We will provide regular updates, online via our website and through email newsletters, as well as sharing successes through our regular appeals.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £255,999

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      Amount Heading Description
      £255,999 Sanitary Packs Sanitary packs delivered to 85,333 girls identified in the Tigray and Afar regions
  • Background


    Ethiopiaid dedicate their support to Ethiopia. The project will be lead by our experienced partner Dignity Period and operations will take place across the Tigray and Afar regions.


    Directly, you will help up to 85,333 young teenagers struggling to cope with their monthly cycles, too embarrassed or uncomfortable to attend school. Indirectly, you will help lift the taboo around periods which remains in Ethiopia.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Ethiopiaid has 30 years experience in supporting sustainable change in Ethiopia through partnerships with local, Ethiopian-run NGOs. We employ just seven members of staff and our office space is donated free of charge. This means that our overheads are small and the work is controlled by our partners in Ethiopia.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Francesca Rutherford

    Fundraising Manager