WHAT WE DO

Millions of teenage girls in Africa cannot afford disposable sanitary pads, forcing them to miss school each month during their menstrual cycles. This causes them to fall behind in their studies or drop out of school, perpetuating the vicious cycles of gender inequality and poverty that exist on the continent.

Many girls in Africa are often forced to use unsafe substitutes for sanitary pads (e.g., mattress filling, cow dung, leaves, or pieces of cloth) or engage in dangerous behaviors like transactional sex to obtain sanitary protection.

This increases their vulnerability to premature sexual debut; early or unplanned pregnancy; child marriage; and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.

Huru Kits are distributed at community and school events led by facilitators trained by Huru.

Huru manufactures a high quality pad that will make the girl feel safe and comfortable. It is leak-proof guaranteed based on previous parameters for a specific period of time. Often hundreds of girls – along with teen boys and other community members – attend these distribution workshops, where the facilitators speak about health and gender issues and facilitate confidential referrals for HIV counseling and testing.

THE HURU SYSTEM

  • 8 reusable sanitary pads
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • Infographic on proper sanitary pad usage
  • Waterproof bag to safely store used sanitary pads
  • Soap to wash the sanitary pads
  • Life-skills educational booklet

    Huru Kits are environmentally friendly and locally produced, creating new jobs in African communities. At a cost of $35 each, Huru Kits are an affordable, straightforward solution to a complex problem.


    Huru International, a 501©(3) non-profit, founded by Lorna Macleod in 2008, aims to produce 10 million Huru pads during the next five years
    to keep 1 million teenage girls in school.

    The organization welcomes new partnerships to increase
    the scope, scale, and impact of its work.