Girls love their Afripads

At the start of each school year, girls in the Humanist schools supported by UHST receive packs of Afripads. These are neatly designed reusable sanitary pads which are supplied each year with funds generously donated by members of the Ethical Society of St. Louis in the United States.

Afripads Schoolgirl Kit

Each pack is washable and lasts for over 60 washes and more than 12 months. The pads have an all-in-one design with wings and buttons for simple fastening. They have an advanced stay-dry top layer, ultra-absorbent core layers and an anti-leak security layer. They come with a menstrual training pack to help the school nurse when instructing girls in their use and a Girl Talk Booklet for primary and pre-menstruating girls.

In 2024 we were able to supply Afripads to girls at Isaac Newton, Mustard Seed and Kasese High schools, and to primary school girls who need them at Katumba, Kanungu, Eagle’s View, Isaac Newton and Mustard Seed.

Kanungu: “Our school senior woman Teacher Evelyn explained to girls how to use the pads using the manual the Afripads company sent. We distribute pads to girls above 10 years. They were very excited and appreciative of this great support, the support which many other schools can’t manage!”

Kasese: “Afripads were requested by our female teachers, who were so grateful to St Louis and UHST for making this possible.”

Letter of appreciation by the Head Girl of Kasese Rukoki Primary School.

The senior woman teacher at Kasese, Betty Biira, explains that while the pads are welcomed by all girls and senior teachers, some girls in their homes lack soap, clean water and buckets to keep the pads really clean. We are looking into ways that schools might be able to help those girls who have this problem.

Afripads have enabled girls to feel comfortable and to be more confident in school during their periods. Since we started to provide Afripads girls’ absence from school and from lessons has fallen dramatically. These days girls and boys attendance are similar and attainment levels of girls match those of boys. Members of the Ethical Society of St Louis should feel justly proud of this valuable contribution that they make to girls’ education in the Humanist schools each year.