Menstrual Cups – for Boko Haram victims, Nigeria
- $8,114.00 donated
- 71 generous donors
Countless women and girls, victims of Boko Haram, lack access to sanitary items. Many use sand pads. Menstrual Cups would be life-changing.
At $10 per cup, your support will be the difference! Here's how ...
The Boko Haram conflict in NE Nigeria has seen a million innocent women and girls displaced. No longer having resources, many must resort to desperate measures during menstruation. New Zealand’s Stop Demand founder visited the region in 2016, buying and distributing vital items (see Gallery for photos). She is returning, and is keen to take bulk supplies of Menstrual Cups for distribution. These cups, which can each last up to 10 years, will be the life-changing difference in health, dignity and hope. At $10 per cup, your Givealittle support will make a profound and practical contribution to these women and girls - a gift that will keep on giving, month after month after month. Will you help us get cups to at least 2,000 women and girls?
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Further details ...
Boko Haram (Islamic State West Africa) shot to global infamy in 2014, when it kidnapped 276 Chibok schoolgirls (112 remain missing). The ongoing conflict has seen some 20,000 people killed. Over two million people, having fled homes and villages, have been displaced.
Many of the affected one million women and girls, Christians and Muslims, now live in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) or in ‘host communities’. Once self-sufficient, many face abject poverty. Resources are scarce; money for sanitary items non-existent. Many resort to desperate, unhygienic means for their monthly menstruation including making pads from sand.
2. NEW ZEALAND CONNECTION:
In 2016, the founder of New Zealand’s Stop Demand Foundation (www.stopdemand.org) which addresses rape in war/sexual slavery, Denise Ritchie, visited the region. During her visit, Kiwi-donated funds were used to buy and distribute bulk supplies of urgently-needed items for IDPs, including 15,000 sanitary pads (see Gallery). Denise is due to return to Nigeria.
3. THE PROJECT:
Stop Demand is looking to buy a bulk supply of high quality medical grade silicone Menstrual Cups to distribute to displaced women and girls affected by the ongoing Boko Haram conflict.
Collaborating with Kiwi supplier My Cup NZ (https://www.menstrualcup.nz/), Stop Demand will buy as many cups as donations and extra approved airline baggage allows. The balance of cups will be purchased by Denise from within Nigeria from a local supplier of the Luv Ur Body cup (https://www.luvur-body.ng/).
During Denise's visit, Stop Demand will work with two reputable NGOs in Abuja and Maiduguri including a volunteer medical team, to oversee the education and distribution phase. As in 2016, a New Zealand banner will accompany distributions, to let recipients know that their needs have not been forgotten by caring New Zealanders and others abroad (see Gallery).
[To read how Menstrual Cups are changing lives in another part of Africa, go to https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sabrina-rubli/menstrual-cups-east-africa_b_6313436.html]
4. YOUR GIFT - EVERY NZ$10 BUYS A CUP:
We'd love to assist at least 2,000 women and girls ($20,000) but have set an Open Goal. Every $10 donated will buy one cup (and cover the 5% Givealittle service fee). Every cup donated will be ‘life-changing’ to a displaced woman or girl. Will you help?
[Note: Although Stop Demand has donee status, disappointingly its tax credits legally apply only to donations that benefit New Zealand/ers, not people or countries abroad.]
Donations will be used solely for the purchase of Menstrual Cups.
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