Hanna packs vary from month to month, but always includes two packages containing sanitary pads and other necessary hygienic products. These products will also vary and include shampoo, bath and body wash, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and more. The value of the parcel is about R40 and R10 is budgeted for distribution costs. Hanna packs are distributed across the country and in every province.
As an alternative to the normal sanitary pads that are distributed, Helping Hand did some research into more sustainable and environmentally friendly options to support girls. As a result, the #HelpHanna project is now distributing PrincessD © Menstrual Cups to some schools. This is a durable product, and can be used over and over. A PrincessD © Cup can be used by girls for up to 5 years (that's a whole high school career). The PrincessD © Cup is a cost-effective option that is better for the environment. All Hanna packs that contain the cups are packed at Helping Hand's community centre in Derdepoort, Pretoria. It is also a job creation opportunity for people from the community.
The #HelpHanna project provides more than 3,700 girls with Hanna packs. You can donate a complete Hanna pack(s) for only R50 each.
WHAT IS THE HELP HANNA PROJECT?
During Women’s Month 2015, Helping Hand revealed research that was conducted among African schoolgirls:
49% of schoolgirls are not comfortable discussing the topic of menstruation with their schoolmates.
More than 10% of schoolgirls feel that they do not have enough sanitary products for a month.
A further 7% indicated that they missed school due to a shortage of these products.
Following these shocking statistics, the #HelpHanna Project began. We cannot let a woman stand in the way of a girl’s education!
The #HelpHanna project provides sanitary products to more than 3,700 girls in 137 schools across the country. Helping Hand headquarters itself provides Hanna-packs to to girls three times a year while Helping Hand’s national volunteer branches continuously collect products in their communities to spread out among the Hanna-schools.
Since the beginning of the project, more than R700 000 was spent on the #HelpHanna Project which distributes sanitary products to girls. Due to Helping Hand’s monthly supporters and members of the public who contribute to the project, the project can continue to keep girls in school. A girl’s challenge is unique!