Mammas Laef empowers women in Vanuatu by providing sustainable menstrual products, creating social enterprise & breaking menstruation taboos
Your donation to Mamma’s Laef Charitable Trust will enable women of all ages to receive, made-in-Vanuatu, reusable sanitary pads which last 3 years; alongside menstrual health education sessions. Your donation will be used in the supply of packs of pads ($25 per pack) for distribution to women of all ages in communities across Vanuatu. Since 2016, Give A Little fundraising has already donated 200 packs.
Many females in Vanuatu are unable to join in daily activities when they are menstruating. Girls stay away from school, women are unable to prepare food for the family and some women are sent to separate houses to rest in, away from the family. Some of the cultural taboos around menstruation make it difficult for women to fully reach their potential. Mamma’s Laef may not be able to change all of those but what we can do is, provide women with dignity during menstruation, by supplying her with environmentally friendly appropriate menstrual products.
Your donation will help us to give ni Vanuatu women access to quality and clean menstrual products. Products which are sustainable, environmentally friendly and being made in their own country, therefore increases economic outcomes too. Locals providing menstrual health education is a gamechanger, empowering women to take control of their lives.
More about us
Mamma’s Laef is the result of a question which was asked by Belinda Roselli (the Founder), in the wake of Cyclone Pam (March 2015). “In times of natural disaster in Vanuatu, what do women use for their monthly period?”
During 6 months of research, the answer became clear; menstrual pads were not easily accessible at any time for many rural living women in Vanuatu, resulting in women of all ages, not being able to fully participate in daily activities. Alongside the lack of menstrual resources, were the cultural taboos and confusing messages about menstrual health.
A partial solution was developed in Vanuatu; a locally managed group who sew reusable sanitary pads, that are cost-effective, convenient, comfortable and eco-friendly. The second important factor was later introduced; during delivery of pads in communities, the Mamma’s Laef team, chatted about menstrual health.
As a result of being awarded recognition in the Frontier Innovators programme in (DFAT) in 2018, Mamma’s Laef Charitable Trust was formed, to formally support the development of Mamma’s Laef Vanuatu (a ni-Vanuatu owned and operated social enterprise, trading as a business). Together the two entities have a VISION to be “Supporting women to control their future”. Our Mission Statement describes how we do this; “Mamma’s Laef empowers women by providing sustainable menstrual products, creating social enterprise, and breaking taboos about menstruation.”
Funds raised by Give A Little are tagged to be used in the supply of packs of pads for distribution to women of all ages in communities across Vanuatu.
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There was a call out from the United Nations to celebrate their 75 year anniversary. "What is the Pacific future that you want". This is our answer.
Working in an area that receives little attention, this was a wonderful vehicle for us to showcase the desires of our Vanuatu people.
Building healthy relationships through men’s talk.
We work in a space (menstruation or sikmun) that responds to many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, yet the topic still struggles to be heard.
Receiving this grant to develop a story telling vehicle and revise our mens education programme, was a long awaited opportunity.
In 2017, Jack helped develop a programme to share with men. We started to open up the conversation with men and menstruation in early 2018.
Jack has taken that message to 9 islands so far, and the response has been encouraging. Given the chance, yes men did want to chat about sikmun. Delivered in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way.
Check out our little movie - planting the seeds.
Getting us thinking.
Thanks Mary for donating to our Vanuatu cause. We place updates on this site as well as our Facebook page, so you can check when combined donations will allow distribution of reusable menstrual pads, to a community in the near future.
Thanks for thinking of us and contributing to a pack of pads for women in Vanuatu. We will keep you updated on this site and our Facebook page when we have gathered enough funds for bulk distribution. Tank yu tumas.
Thanks Francoise. We appreciate all donations. This will help us continue our work in Vanuatu.
Thank you Bridget & David. We appreciate your kind donation, which helps us to further reach underserved women & girls in Vanuatu. This page will be updated later in 2020 once your donation along with others, have been combined to distribute reusable menstrual pads. Thank you.
Thank you for your encouraging words. The Brut report was a fantastic piece to showcase our work to a much greater audience. We are thankful to Florian and his team who visited us. Our passion is to support underserved women in Vanuatu and appreciate very much, your donation to help us do that. Kindest regards