WHAT WE DO
So What Exactly Do You Do?
There are so many problems in this world that are seemingly impossible to solve. Problems that involve unthinkable amounts of money and man power and even when resourced, barely seem to make a difference or have measurable outcomes. This, however, is not one of those problems.
Girls around the world are resourceful. When faced with the challenge of not having access to traditional sanitary products they use pillow stuffing, cloths and newspaper as substitutes, all of which can be a personal health hazard. Most dishearteningly, there is also a culture of young women resorting to using their bodies as currency in exchange for these products.
We can change that.
The Cova Project will provide over 3,000 women in Africa with access to a free menstrual cup, a new technology that is eco-friendly, economical and has been proven to last up to 10 years. In addition, The Cova Project will provide educational materials, so girls have access to everything they need to know about their menstrual cycle. Knowledge breeds confidence. Open and accurate communication about this issue will help the girls to embrace the menstrual cups and practice safe self-care.
If every woman had the ability to experience her cycle, equipped with tools that make it possible to remain in school or at work every day of the year, they would have a much greater chance at being competitive and thriving in these environments.
What can I do?
The answer is simple. Spread the word. Talk to your community. Talk to your friends. Tell the world.
But most importantly, give a cup to someone whose future will be brighter for it, by clicking here.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The pilot phase will be monitored and measured through:
Monitoring school attendance, where we would expect to see an increase in attendance by girls aged 13-18. Research has shown that shame, fear and uncertainty for menstruating girls stops them from attending school on the days they experience their period. Insufficient information and a lack of disposal facilities in schools are the two main barriers.