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, and endeavours to foster environments where menstruation can be openly addressed without the fear of shame or stigma.

We fund projects through our carefully-selected partner charities, which are registered in Canada and have projects on-the-ground throughout the world. Partnering with other groups means we don’t incur the high costs associated with travel, which ensures all donations to The Red Elephant have the greatest impact. It also ensures that capacity is being built at the local level, which leads to greater ownership of the projects and greater sustainability of our efforts in the long-term.

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. They also engage in a greater awareness-raising campaign in order to foster an environment where menstruation can be openly discussed, where pads and other menstrual management methods can be accessed in the open marketplace without fear of shame or stigma, and where menstruation no longer serves as a barrier to the potential of those who menstruate.

The Red Elephant educates women and communities about menstruation and adequate menstrual hygiene, engages them by providing materials and instructions on how to make reusable sanitary pads, and empowers them to be change leaders in their communities so that access to adequate menstrual hygiene management can be attainable for all!

Project impacts

Our projects serve a physical need in the community by providing girls and women with much-needed adequate menstrual hygiene management methods/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 and social cooperatives.

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