PadMad is a voluntary organisation in Kenya that manufacture and distribute reusable sanitary towels as well as educating young girls and boys in menstrual hygiene management in schools within parts of Kenya.
Madhvi Dalal - an incredible lady and the brainchild of this initiative explains why she started the project:
"My regular trips to the slums where I taught Yoga and Dance brought me face to face with the period-pad-problem. This is where the journey of PadMad began. The girls would timidly explain their absenteeism and their embarrassment of leakage during class time. They would share their inability to participate in sports or other activities just because of lack of sanitary ware. They used mattresses, old (often dirty) cloth, newspapers, etc. These would lead to infections, skin rashes, mattresses would stick to the skin in the sensitive areas and so on."
Bubbles and Stars have provided funding towards an existing project undertaken by Pad Mad because:
What do PadMad do?
We anticipate that by providing this extra funding young girls will be encouraged not to take time away from school, women in communities will learn a new skill and earn a living and that boys will also benefit from this education.