The ongoing Syrian conflict has displaced millions of people, leaving them with no choice but to live in dire conditions in refugee camps. They must survive without basic everyday essentials, such as food and water. More than 50% of these refugees are women, who experience periods and other natural life cycles just like other women across the world.
Women who are fleeing for their lives don’t stop to think about underwear and sanitary products. But dignity presents itself in the smallest of things – a toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, sanitary pads and shampoo. Such small things go so far to improve a woman’s quality of life.
Lack of hygiene products forces girls to miss out on education
For girls, the absence of feminine hygiene products forces them to miss out on any vital education available in the camps. Without the means to manage their personal hygiene, girls are deprived of the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
As part of our efforts to help and restore dignity to women and assist in the maintenance of their basic life, we worked with on-the-ground partners to distribute essential hygiene items to these women living in camps in Lebanon and Syria. Last year we distributed 450 kits, and this year through your generous donations, we’re set to deliver a further 700 packs.
The Dignity Kits contained everything these women need to manage their periods in a sanitary and hygienic manner. They included a menstrual cup or pack of sanitary towels, soap, shampoo and toothpaste.