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Project Phumelela

Project Phumelela

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Maluuk Explores Foundation was founded by Adrienne Short.

Maluuk Explores started out as a play on words: "Mom Look" which is something my children have always said to me. Which turned into a brand and then developed into a humanitarian foundation that thrives to make a difference in areas of impoverished and marginalized communities whilst looking for shared solutions to benefit all of humankind.

A strong focus on youth based outreach programs and womens upliftment in RURAL Africa, a growing interest in conservation initiatives, Maluuk looks to address conservation, humanitarian, education and social development needs wherever we find ourselves .

As the founding member, I am an adventurer by heart and have a great love for exploring the outdoors, adventure and experiences. 

Overlanding & Outdoors is where it all began. I wanted to connect my love for all things “outdoorsy” with doing something worthwhile and meaningful. My life's motto is "experience over stuff"

​Join me as I try to change the outcome of young people's lives one project pad at a time.

Menstruation remains shrouded in shame and ignorance, impacting the health, education, and dignity of women and girls.For too long, menstruation was regarded as a dirty secret, discussed in hushed tones through a plethora of euphemisms. For too long, it was seen as only a woman’s issue, something to be borne in silence. 

PROJECT PHUMELELA 

What does Phumelela mean? to Succeed to Win to Prosper to Achieve to Thrive

 

Project Phumelela’s objective aims to provide the rural girl child with long-term sustainable solutions to a critical problem found in most of Africa.

Maluuk Explores Foundation hosts community workshops where we teach the community/school girls/women and mothers how to hand sew reusable sanitary pads that are adaptable to various menstrual flows,(inclusive of postnatal use) With proper care and washing instructions, they can last a girl child for up to 3-5 years. We also donate products to these same communities to assist in a critical problem experienced globally.

 

We do this because we believe this is the best hope at giving a girl child an opportunity at life and in the process restore dignity to the young women.

 

During this time we will take the opportunity to educate the attendees on Menstrual Health Hygiene based on the resource book Menstrual hygiene matters (www.wateraid.org/mhm) a comprehensive resource to improve menstrual hygiene management around the world.

 

We Believe Lack of education about menstruation is one of the many barriers to achieving adequate menstrual hygiene worldwide. Creating awareness and openness is one of the most effective ways to help teach girls how to properly manage their menstrual hygiene.

 

Currently most schoolgirls in rural Africa have little or no access to any sanitaryware, be that disposable or reusable sanitaryware, as it's simply too costly or unavailable.

 

  • 45% of girls end up making use of old cloth and rags.*
  • 29% use cotton wool.*
  • 18% use pads.*
  • 3% reported even using newspapers and leaves.*
  • Others simply miss school whilst on their menses.*This absenteeism was largely due to the lack of facilities at school, lack of awareness around menstruation, embarrassment, menstrual pain,and the inability to afford hygienic sanitary materials. 
  • Poor menstrual hygiene can pose physical health risks and has been linked to reproductive and urinary tract infections
  • Globally, 2.3 billion people lack basic sanitation services and in Least Developed Countries only 27 per cent of the population has a handwashing facility with water and soap at home. Managing periods at home is a major challenge for women and adolescent girls who lack these basic facilities at home
  • According to a 2014 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)report, one out of every 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during her menstrual cycle. 

 

I am hoping that you will see my vision and join forces with Maluuk Explores Foundation to implement our project objectives of closing the gender inequalities, assisting to end period poverty, empower the women and youth in these areas and invest in the future female leaders. 









As little as R300 / $25 / £19 you can help sponsor a girl through school! 

Donations

  • May 29, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "The yields from investing in girls’ education are substantial. An educated girl is likely to increase her personal earning potential, as well as reduce poverty in her community." - Karl

  • Apr 04, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Great Initiative " - Emma

  • Apr 04, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "I would love to help these girls study with dignity! " - Natalie

  • Apr 04, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you " - Wayne Pretorius

  • Mar 04, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Awesome initiative! Thank you" - Trace

  • Mar 03, 2022 - USD $ 195.30
  • "Make a difference." - Robert Toumbos

  • Feb 23, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "A very worthy cause" - Caryn

  • Feb 18, 2022 - R 300.00
  • "

    A wonderful iniative

    " - Kim

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Great thing you are doing Adi! " - Teresa Rossouw

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Gods blessing in your endeavours" - Kim Langford

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 500.00
  • " " - Esti

  • Feb 16, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "The yields from investing in girls’ education are substantial. An educated girl is likely to increase her personal earning potential, as well as reduce poverty in her community." - Karl

  • Feb 11, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Beautiful initiative " - Candice

  • Oct 26, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "With love from your sister " - Pops

  • Oct 26, 2021 - R 375.00
  • "Start" - Adi

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Donations to date

R 10 924.97

Fundraising target

R 200 000.00
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Project Phumelela Community Cause

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Hi, I am Adrienne Short and I am from Durbanville, Western Cape.

The project objective is to visit 36 secondary schools in the Hwange province, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe (March 2022) and to provide all the girls and female teachers with a long-term sustainable solution to sanitary ware.

Most of the schoolgirls have little to no access to any sanitaryware, be that disposable or reusable sanitaryware, as it's simply too costly or unavailable.

These funds will cover the following basic flow kits 3600 girls, fuel, food for the team, accommodations, vehicle preparation/readiness and maintenance for the rural landscapes, media fees, toll fees, covid tests, border fees, and any other incidental costs related to this project.