Good Sisters

Nick Taylor’s Fundraiser
for Good Sisters!

Good Sisters started in the Chaseta Community Development Project site in Malawi in February 2012 as a pilot project to improve the environment of hygiene and sanitation by providing 300 sanitary pads after surveying the needs of local girls and women. However, there were more complicated issues than just access to sanitary pads--there was a lack of education on sexual and reproductive health, and the local acceptance of early child marriage and adolescent pregnancy caused school drop-outs and low attendance rates at the primary school level.

Good Sisters focuses on girls between 12 to 18 years old, and becomes a safe space for girls in high-poverty villages in Malawi to:

  • Learn about their rights as girls
  • Encourage them to pursue primary and secondary education
  • postpone the age of marriage until adulthood.

Participants are encouraged to share the learnt information with their friends, growing the network of information so that other girls can be encouraged to join the club and be empowered know their rights and pursue their education.

Good Sisters provides education about HIV/AIDS and menstrual health by implementing programs where girls make their own sanitary pads to overcome the attendance-limiting stigma associated with menstruation.

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With your support, Good Neighbors can help expand the Good Sisters project by:

  • Grow the current Good Sisters project in Katsumwa, Malawi by 140% (grow from 50 girls to 120 girls), and provide enough sanitary pad fabrics and sewing materials for each girl enrolled
  • Build a private toilet and sanitary facility so girls can take care of their needs with dignity
  • School book bags so girls can hide their sanitary pads when they go to school
  • Increased awareness of gender inequality throughout their community, so girls can support and empower each other in a safe environment