The Red Elephant


The Red Elephant empowers women in low-resource settings by removing and/or overcoming the barriers they face during and as a result of menstruation.

The Red Elephant provides girls and women around the world with the knowledge, tools and materials to make reusable sanitary pads.

We fund projects through our carefully-selected partner charities, which are registered in Canada but have projects on-the-ground throughout the world. Partnering with other groups means we don’t contribute to the high costs associated with travel, which ensures all donations to The Red Elephant have the greatest impact.

Our partner charities implement our program model and teach girls and women how to make reusable sanitary pads, with all required tools and materials purchased using the funds we provide.

The Red Elephant educates women about menstruation, engages them by providing the materials and teaching them how to make reusable sanitary pads, and empowers them to be change leaders in their communities.

Project impacts

Our projects serve a physical need in the community by providing girls and women with much-needed sanitary menstrual hygiene products.

Materials used in the creation of the reusable sanitary pads are locally sourced wherever possible, which stimulates the local economy.

The pads can be sold by the individuals/groups making them, which can act as an income generator for entrepreneurs.

The dialogue surrounding these projects helps reduce the stigma associated with menstruation.