September 27, 2018 | Michelle Merrilees
The Red Box Project
Quietly ensuring that no young woman misses her education because she has her period
Problem: In the UK, some young women in our schools are finding it difficult to access sanitary products
Result: Tearful panics in the loo. Wadded up toilet roll. Anxious embarrassment. Missed lessons. Missed education.
Solution: Women from the community sponsor and stock a red box filled with sanitary products and spare pants. The red box will support disadvantaged young women throughout their entire period.
The box will be kept at school with the nurse, in reception or with an appropriate member of staff. Plain paper bags are included for discretion. Of course, our schools are already on the case and stock a limited supply of sanitary towels to cover emergencies but what makes this project special is that we aim to ensure enough supplies to get her through her entire period.
Want to take part or start your own Red Box Community?
This is an informal group of female friends, colleagues or neighbours who sponsor a red box in a nearby school. Each member agrees to donate one pack of sanitary towels every month plus some pants twice a year. Backed up by some light fund-raising, this is a simple, affordable way for the community to work together to solve a straight forward problem.
Would you like to help in other ways?
- Donate to our fundraising page, the price of one coffee would support one young woman through her period.
- Donate in kind, add a pack or two of normal flow with wings sanitary towels to your grocery shop or run a collection for us.
- Donate via our Amazon wishlist.
This is a simple scheme made with love for the young women in our community.
Why? We believe that a young woman’s education shapes her future and her dignity is our responsibility.
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