Provision of period products

Freedom4Girls provide period products to those in need in the UK, Kenya and Uganda. We are committed to offering choice to all and ensuring that those who menstruate are able to access safe menstrual protection that is appropriate to their circumstances.

Providing sanitary products

Product distribution

In the UK, we currently distribute donated products to those in need via over 70 outlets, including statutory agencies (e.g. community hubs, one-stop shops, foodbanks (with support from Fareshare), refugee & asylum seeker organisations, women’s shelters, mental health charities and community groups. So far in 2019, we have distributed over 1200 packs of disposables, 1600 individual products and 100 menstrual cups.
We are very keen to increase our provision of sustainable, washable cloth pads, period underwear and menstrual cups within the UK; if you ae involved with a business or organisation that could help to support this approach, please contact us!

Kenya cloth pads

Kenya product distribution

In Kenya, disposable period products are very expensive and are not readily available. Without access to suitable menstrual protection, many girls miss, or even drop out of school altogether. Freedom4Girls work alongside several Kenya-based organisations, such as Maji Safi Projects and SCORA to provide washable period packs, menstrual cups and menstrual hygeine education to thousands of girls in semi-rural Kenya. The packs are sewn and assembled by our Kenyan sewing workshop and by our team of volunteers in the UK. Each pack lasts for at least three years, ensuing that each recipient can confidently attend school during her period and maximise her educational oportunities.

Uganda product distribution

Many women and girls in Uganda also struggle to access suitable menstrual protection. As with our Kenya initiative, Freedom4Girls are dedicated to alleviating period poverty in Uganda. We have established links with organisations such as X-SUBA Sport 4 Development, Trace Uganda and Youth Opportunities Uganda; over the past two years we have successfully delivered ~300 washable period packs and menstrual hygiene education to girls in Uganda.

Uganda project

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Unsurprisingly, we’ve made the decision to cancel our sewing workshops until further notice. However, if any of our volunteers would like to continue sewing at home, we’ll happily provide fabric, templates etc for you to do so. Please send us a message or drop us an email for more info (info@freedom4girls.co.uk). Our upcoming trips to Kenya and Uganda will almost certainly need to be postponed, so we’re taking this as an opportunity to build up a good supply of period packs for later in the year!

We are also aware that the current levels of panic-buying have left many shelves empty of period products. If you’re in need, please contact us and we will help you. We will be restricting supplies to 1 or 2 packs per person, and if you can normally afford to buy products, we ask that you give us a small donation so that we can replenish our supplies once things calm down a bit. Over the next week we hope to establish pick-up points so that we aren’t inundated with requests, so watch this space!

As many of you know, we are a very small voluntary-led organisation. We already have one member of our team in self-isolation, so are running on low capacity. However, in these uncertain times we are as determined as ever to ensure that everyone has access to safe period products and will continue to provide those in need throughout the Leeds area to the best of our ability.

Stay strong and safe,

The F4G team x