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.
In partnership with the Ainembabazi Children’s Project (ACP), The Red Elephant undertook is first official project in the Mbarara/Bushenyi districts in Uganda in 2016.
Initially started as a pilot project, The Red Elephant provided $202 CAD to ACP so a local sewing cooperative could purchase the materials needed to make reusable sanitary pads.
The group in the Mbarara/Bushenyi districts conducted an informal survey in their communities and determined a low-cost, reusable sanitary menstrual hygiene pad was needed.
Traditionally, women in rural Uganda use unhygienic materials in place of sanitary menstrual hygiene pads, or would purchase expensive, disposable pads that were often out-of-reach.
The local sewing cooperative purchased the materials needed to make the pads and soon got to work tracing, cutting and sewing pads.
The project was a great success, and there was a desire to expand the project into neighbouring districts; however, due to changes with The Red Elephant’s partner organization, further investment was not achievable.
Ainembabazi Children’s Project is a Canadian registered charity based in Edmonton, Alta. and was a partner with The Red Elephant from 2013 to 2016.