Amaia Arranz, is the Partnerships Manager at Ruby cup. “Our partners Femme International
, Golden Girls Foundation
receive and carry out the donations, identifying the schools and community projects, ensuring they have the right resources to distribute Ruby Cup.” She says. “We are very lucky to work with a local trainers that deliver training in Swahili and are very gifted when it comes to creating the right atmosphere of trust and encourage the girls to talk about menstruation (very often a taboo subject) and ask any questions they may have” she adds.
Menstrual kits and motivation
Femme International focuses on empowering girls. They help schools fight against the high dropout rates in school due to the lack of sanitary products. They distribute Femme Kits that include soap and a Ruby Cup amongst other things. Golden Girls Foundation ensures that there is a woman mentor at every Ruby Cup distribution project that is able to offer support and guidance to girls. And Womena provides implementation support of the Ruby cups in schools.
The introduction of the femme kits has led to increased attendance in many schools. More than 50 percent of the girls would leave the school because of their periods. After the introduction of the femme kits, this number shrunk to 4 percent. 56 percent of the girls would miss nearly 2 to 4 days in school due to their periods. This number too dropped to 5 percent. While more than 80 percent said that they could concentrate better as they did not worried about leaking, more than 75 percent of the girls showed great improvement in their academic performance.
Amaia says “So far we have donated 13,000 Ruby Cups and distributed another 3000 through selling them to NGOs at discounted prices.”
The cups are distributed through education and training programmes. The young girls are taught all about female anatomy, reproductive health, and menstrual hygiene and how to use Ruby Cup. This is reviewed from time to time with follow up sessions to see how the new users are adapting to using the cup.
Ruby Cup is growing and looking for partners to expand its operations. The founders of Ruby cup believe “that all women deserve the best. Let’s show the world what happens when we give positive change a try.”
Let’s help them achieve this mission. Let’s Buy one and give one.