This Menstrual Hygiene Day, join us to end menstrual stigma. Period.

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    Happy Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day

    On May 28th, Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated to break the stigma around menstruation. Since its inception in 2013, this movement has grown into a global coalition working towards the shared goal of menstrual equity. 

    Did you know…  

    • Less than half of adolescent girls in India are aware of menstruation before their first period (Sharma et al, 2020); 
    • Only 46% of Kenyan girls and women in rural areas and 65% in urban areas have access to and use disposable pads; close to 20% are forced to use proxy products like toilet paper, pieces of cloth, and other natural materials (Menstrual Health Country Snapshot - Kenya, 2023)
    • 1 in 4 U.S. teens has missed class because they lacked access to menstrual products (State of the Period 2021)
    • Almost 2 in 5 U.S. teens are often or sometimes unable to do their best school work because they lack access to menstrual products (State of the Period 2021)

    These are not just numbers. They are untold stories. At The Pad Project, we believe that no one should miss out on opportunities because of a lack of information, products, or a supportive environment for managing menstruation. #WeAreCommitted to end menstrual stigma. Period. 

    To celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, we are raising funds to support our network of partners in the U.S. and globally. In the U.S., we partner with 55+ non-profits, public schools, and individuals in 26 states. We have provided 465,000+ products to those in need. 

    Internationally, we partner with 20 grassroots organizations across 12 countries in South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We have reached over 111,750+ girls and women with critical menstrual health information and products. 

    We proudly advocate for more equitable menstrual health policies locally, regionally, and globally directly and through our partners. 

    Here are two of many testimonials: 

    • “This project is the most impactful student service that is provided here at East Troy High School. It allows students facing period poverty to access the products they need, leading to more self-confidence, personal comfort, and improved school performance..” 

                                                    - Student, Pads for Schools grant recipient

    • “No one in my family and friend circle knows about menstruation. They feel ashamed about their period. I want to change that in my village. After this education workshop, I feel empowered to talk about menstruation. I want to tell everyone that periods are not bad and you should be proud of your body” -   

                                                            –Grade 8 Student, Pakistan

    #WeAreCommitted to ensuring access to menstrual products and education for people everywhere. 

    How Your Donation Helps: 



    US Programs

    International Programs


    20 menstrual kits for our distribution program

    Support consultations with health professionals for 20 women through health camps 


    1 semester of menstrual products for 1 school

    Menstrual health sessions with 150 girls and women


    1 Leap of Faith grant recipient (or project, depending on how you want to phrase it)

    Capacity building workshops for 30 field workers for 2 international program partners on conducting menstrual health awareness sessions (training of trainers)


    1 semester of menstrual products for 1 large school district

    Awareness campaign with teachers, principals, school management and local Government officials for including menstrual health in local policies 


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