Period. End of Story
Lotus empowers girls in Laos, by providing reusable, sustainable Period kits.
Imagine never knowing why……..
Imagine having to miss 60 days of school a year……..
This is how our story began.
Imagine a room filled with shy, giggling girls who do not know understand they menstruate or where the blood comes from that soils their sinhs so heavily each month. An occurrence that embarrasses their routines. Without access to resources menstruation can impede a girls willingness to attend school.
Start the Story. Period.
After our first Lotus Life Skills workshop, we surveyed women and girls in our targeted villages. In simple terms, findings showed that 70% of respondents did not understand why they menstruated. Coupled with this fear of misunderstanding was a lack of access to suitable resources. Poverty impeded the basic rights of these women and the girls to care for themselves in a healthy and hygienic way. Factors which impacted their education and daily life in different ways; most notably absenteeism from school and work.
With an obvious need that aligned with the mission of Lotus, an opportunity grew for a micro-social enterprise led by local women and girls. Our aim was simple, to provide dignity to the lives of women and girls living in poverty through the provision of Period kits.
A sustainable response was needed. Private funding was secured and collaboration with Sengsavang shelter enabled production to begin.
With kits sewn, and packed it was time to partner with local skilled women on a “Train the trainer” program. This enabled the kits to be delivered in remote villages through our Menstrual Hygiene workshops. Our wonderful trainers included members of the Lao Women’s Union.
Start in School. Period.
Sharing Our Stories. Period.
What's In A Period Kit?
It only costs 10 USD, 15 AUD, 400 THB to purchase one Period Kit that will then be delivered to a woman or a girl.
Your generous donation provides someone with a life-changing opportunity, similar to what women and girls in our communities take for granted and have in our access to every month.
The purchase of a gift certificate will allow women and girls in rural Laos to better cope with Periods.
Thus allowing them to continue to live their lives in a normal, dignified way.
If you would like to support our project please visit the Donate page on our website.
Thank you from the Lotus team