About Dignity Dreams

Dignity Dreams provides comfort and menstrual health education to young women and girls from disadvantaged and at risk communities.

We manufacture and distribute washable sanitary wear to young girls and women ensuring that entering womanhood is a time of joy and celebration rather than a time of shame and pain.

Founded in 2013 by the late Sandra Millar, Dignity Dreams was registered as a NGO and has grown from strength to strength. Our current CEO Sharon Gordon has been at the helm since June 2017.

Between 2013 and 2015, approximately 30 000 packs were funded and distributed to the girls we serve. Since 2016 Dignity Dreams has grown exponentially and between January 2016 and July 2016 approximately 12 000 packs were distributed, with continued month on month growth.

Distribution has been across 9 provinces in South Africa with a small amount in SADC and DRC.

Founded in 2013 by the late Sandra Millar, Dignity Dreams was registered as a NGO and has grown from strength to strength. Our current CEO Sharon Gordon has been at the helm since June 2017.

In May 2016 Board members attended the Global Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen where it became apparent that Dignity Dreams, with sufficient funding, support and private assistance should expand from our established base in South Africa into Africa.

It is estimated that 62 million women and girls have little or no access to education. Education is further thwarted by little or no access to sanitary wear.

Every woman and girl will as a normal biological function, menstruate for approximately 5 days in every 28 day cycle. This does not stop if there has been a natural disaster or because you are too poor to have a period.

She will need approximately 260 sanitary towels per annum, if she changes the towel four times per day, which is recommended but rarely happens. Whilst disposable sanitary towels are functional, the Dignity Dreams Washable and Re-usable Pads offer a more sustainable and long term solution to a monthly problem.

In poverty stricken communities, sanitary towels, if available, are very low down on the list of necessities. These disadvantaged are forced to use, paper, leaves, rags or anything else they can get their hands on, often leading to infection.

In many instances young girls commencing their period have no idea what is happening, have no one to turn to and because of myths and shame surrounding this most natural of bodily functions are too afraid to ask for assistance.

The Dignity Dreams Brand not only provides a sustainable solution but includes education in the distribution process.

Our 5 year vision includes growth of the Dignity Dreams footprint and brand into an International African Organisation.

Your donation will change her life for at least four years.

If you empower one girl she has the potential to empower an entire community.

Dignity Dreams Africa will rely on International Donor funding and Private Partnerships for the expansion into Africa.

In addition to the distribution of the washable sanitary pad, Dignity Dreams further empowers women by manufacturing the product. Manufacturing is completed by previously disadvantage and unemployed women in micro businesses supported by Dignity Dreams.

Through the Dignity Dreams Incubator programme we skill women to manufacture our products and through our licensing model hope to replicate its success across the African Continent.

Everything Dignity Dreams achieves is by the grace and generosity of our donors, sponsors and volunteers, big and small alike. So please continue to donate and sponsor.

Purchase any one of our products for your community or allow us to distribute it to a girl in need.

Purchase any one of our products for your community or allow us to distribute it to a girl in need.

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