Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe Trust is a registered non-profit making organization that is on a relentless mission to eradicate period poverty and stigma in Zimbabwe.
We envision a Zimbabwe where all girls and women can access adequate menstrual products, in an environment that is period-conducive and be treated with dignity in order for them to manage their periods in a manner that fosters human and sustainable development.
A nation without period poverty and which provides equal opportunities for girls and women to succeed in all aspects.
We believe that optimally fostering menstrual equity will address a number of fundamental human rights enshrined in Zimbabwe’s constitution, such: right to equality and non-discrimination (Section 56), right to human dignity (Section 51), right to health (Section 76), right to education (Section 75), right to water (Section 77a) among others. Further, Sustainable Development Goals cannot be effectively met if period poverty is prevalent in the country.
Having grown up in the rural areas in a family of five girls, Theresa Farai Nyava, who is the founder of Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe Trust, saw how many young girls in her community suffered from period poverty during the greater part of their adolescent days.
She vowed that the same should not continue to happen to another girl or woman in this day and age. Because of the above, has been actively working towards supporting underprivileged girls and women in Zimbabwe to live healthy and dignified lives by providing them with free sanitary wear, pain relievers, underwear and menstrual health education, especially noting how period poverty has been worsening due to difficult economic conditions in the country.
Some of the disadvantaged groups that she has worked with include homeless girls living in the streets, disabled girls, rural girls, female prisoners, female refugees, girls living in children’s homes, and other traffic lanes and streams of life.