OUR MISSION IS TO provide menstrual health EDUCATION and Hygiene products TO girls in Ethiopia. 

A $10 donation provides 1 young girl with 18 months worth of menstrual Hygiene products.

Our STORY 

As a young girl growing up in Ethiopia, our founder remembers how older girls would skip school for about a week every month. She never understood why until she moved to the U.S. at the age of 12  and had an “aha” moment: girls in Ethiopia lacked both feminine hygiene products and menstrual education, forcing many to skip large chunks of school every year. 

OUR Work

Inspired to tackle this issue, our Founder headed back to Ethiopia summer of 2018 as the recipient of the 
Davis Projects for Peace Grant allowing her to travel and run a three-week menstrual education program.  With the grant, Darartu worked with a local nurse to lead workshops for over 80 girls in southern Ethiopia. The workshops covered topics such as puberty, anatomy, menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene, pain, etc. The girls also learned how to sew reusable pads using everyday cloth, needles, and a thread.  A few months later, Bilisummaa was born to continue on the work of providing menstrual health education for girls in Southern Ethiopia.

67%

of Ethiopian girls report receiving no menstrual health education.

OUR WHY

51%

of Ethiopian girls miss between 1-4 days of school due to menstruation.

80%

of girls and women in rural areas of Ethiopia use homemade alternatives. 

Bilisummaa was created to Champion a new era of reproductive justice in Ethiopia, one which, through education and awareness, will enable and equip Ethiopian women with the knowledge to pursue comprehensive wellness.

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