The Restoration Hem Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to giving girls in rural Zimbabwe access to sustainable feminine hygiene solutions!
All around the world, girls without access to feminine hygiene products resort to using rags, cotton, newspaper, leaves, or even corn husks to manage their periods. Often times, girls are forced to stay in their homes during the entire week of menstruation, missing work, social activities, and school. On average, a girl will miss 60 days of school per year due to a lack of feminine hygiene products. This leaves girls vulnerable to an elevated school dropout rate, early marriage, sexual exploitation, and infection and disease. Can you imagine? All because of a period? Neither can we; so we are stepping out and stepping into the opportunity to bring some justice and some Jesus into the lives of girls who are facing this issue every single month.
Our team is working out of our little rented sewing room in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe where we sew, assemble, and distribute reusable sanitary pad kits. Each kit contains: 2 reusable panty liners, 6 reusable pads, 2 pairs of new underwear, soap for washing, and a draw string bag for carrying. Each kit will give a girl up to 3 years of menstrual care! The pad kits are distributed to local, rural schools in Zimbabwe, and are paired with a seminar on feminine health and menstrual hygiene management, sexual reproductive health, instructions on how to care for the kits, and a message of identity and the immeasurable value that each girl holds.
We are so excited to share our passion, vision, and story with you all, and invite you in.