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 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 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 Sask-Alta Days for Girls Team, The Red Elephant undertook is first project in Panajachel, Guatemala in 2018.
Days for Girls has done incredible work in the area of menstrual hygiene advocacy and the provision of menstrual management methods to low-resource communities globally, and we were privileged to partner with them on a project that further guarantees sustainability in their operations in Guatemala.
We are inspired by the positive steps already taken by project participants in undertaking to change the way that menstruation is regarded within themselves, their families, and their community.
Days for Girls is a Canadian registered charity, whose Sask-Alta Team is based in Edmonton, Alberta and has been a formal partner with The Red Elephant since 2018.
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, Alberta and was a partner with The Red Elephant from 2013 to 2016.