The Pad Project is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of high school students and their teacher dedicated to the fight for menstrual equity. Individuals around the world, especially in low-income communities, often face a lack of access to menstrual products. According to a 2019 study, 1 in 4 U.S. teens has missed class because they didn't have access to menstrual products (1). The combination of period poverty, stigmatization, and inadequate reproductive and sexual health education has major consequences for menstruators’ wellbeing.
In order to raise awareness about this issue, The Pad Project committed to raising the funds to send a pad- making machine, along with a year’s worth of raw materials, to a village in rural India. The process was documented in the film Period. End of Sentence., which won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. The documentary shows how the installation of the pad machine provides access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products and creates a microeconomy for the women who operate it.
Thanks to your contributions, we’ve placed 12 pad-making machines in 5 countries (Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka), supported 8 washable pad-making programs in 7 countries (Bahamas, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania), and funded 2 menstrual cup programs in 2 countries (Pakistan, Uganda). To combat period poverty in the U.S., The Pad Project has 4 grant-giving programs and 1 menstrual product distribution program. Through these programs, the Pad Project has partnered with 45+ nonprofits, schools, school districts, and individuals to help provide free menstrual products to those in need.
Now we need your help to expand our reach! With your support in 2023, we hope to strengthen our existing partnerships with our current programs and expand our U.S. programs. Please join us in our vision to end menstrual stigma, period.
To learn more about our organization please visit our website.
The Pad Project Team