Is The Cova Project a registered charity?
For Phase 1, The Cova Project is an auspicee of The N/a'an ku sê Foundation (a fabulous charity in Namibia that works to conserve native land, wildlife and culture). The N/a'an ku sê Foundation is a registered charity in Namibia, the US and the UK. All donations through this website go directly The Cova Project, for the specific purpose of providing African women with access to safe sanitary supplies.
Is my donation tax deductible?
At this stage ONLY donations from the US are tax deductible. Although, we hope this doesn't deter you too greatly from helping our important cause! All donations receipts state that the donation was made out to The N/a'an ku sê Foundation for the purpose of The Cova Project initiative.
When do the girls get the cups?
In 2019, a team will be heading to Africa to distribute the menstrual cups raised. We can confirm at this stage that The Cova Project will provide menstrual cups to over 3,000 African women. That’s because of you, our wonderful donors!
*In February 2019, 2,500 cups head to South Africa to reach girls in rural communities north of Durban.
*In April 2019, 500 cups head to our new partners in Malawi, Liberia and Ethiopia!
Why menstrual cups?
Why menstrual cups? Where do we begin? Menstrual cups are first and foremost reusable, which simply makes them cost effective and good for the environment.
The menstrual cup is medical grade silicon that can last up to 10 years. That means a single cup, for just $5, can get a girl through her entire high school period.
The cup can also be left in for 12hours at a time, which means girls are no longer impacted by a lack of sanitary bins or toilets at their school or workplace. They need not worry about their period all day and can simply empty it in the privacy of their home, morning and night. Cups also require just a small amount of water to clean, instead of reusable pads that need to be washed well.
The cup also comes in 2 sizes, to accomodate for women beginning their period, women who bleed lightly, women who bleed heavily and women who have had a child, making sure the product experience is right for them.
Menstrual cups are also compact and can be stored away, reducing shame for the girls, and providing peace of mind every month, that they needn't spend their hard earned money on sanitary products instead of food.
How much of my donation is going to the cups?
About 80% of the money we raise is going directly to the purchasing of menstrual cups for the girls. Thanks to generous private donations and grants, we do not need to focus large amounts of funding on anything but our little miracle product and accompanying educational aids! Unfortunately, being a global operation, there are international fees and shipping costs that must be factored in. BUT! Please rest assured that every cent that could go towards giving a girl a cup, is going towards giving a girl a cup.
See our Fund Distribution page for more details.