Your Smalls Appeal

Advance the health and education of the poorest girls in Africa.

Donate Sanitary Pads, Bras & Menstruation Kits to Africa

Your Smalls Appeal was set up in January 2016 as an initiative to empower girls around the world. The main aim is to support young girls and women in developing countries. However, since Covid we support more local women across the UK living in womens’ shelters who may be escaping abusive relations.  We do this by sending your donated recycled bras, sanitary pads, new pants, and buying reusable cloth sanitary pads.

Our goal is to provide as many girls as possible in poor rural areas aboard with items to ensure they do not miss a day from school.  We do this by sending sanitary pads, packs of reusable cloth pads ( which can last up to 2 years ), and knickers.  Plus bras, to ensure the girls feel support and security while developing into aspiring young women.  These items are put together to create ‘menstruation kits’, that also include soap and flannels.

We financially support a growing number of girls’ access to education by paying tuition fees, school uniforms and school books.

Over the years we have been supporting an ever-growing group of pregnant women in rural parts of Africa who don’t have easy access to sanitary pads following childbirth. These clean vital items help to prevent infection offering a hygienic, clean solution. Bras, pants and sanitary pads are provided to the amazing group of professional women from nurses to teachers throughout The Gambia. Period poverty is a real issue for women and girls who don’t have the means, or easy access to local supplies.

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Girls still miss school and can be seen as a burden to their families when menstruating! The Your Smalls Appeal sends packs made in the UK and also buys reusable Hygiene Packs made in the Gambia by trafficked and sexually exploited girls. This means the money we send from some of your cash donations stays within the country. The women who make the hygiene packs sell them to schools where young girls and women go to school and work. The packs then allow the girls to stay at school while menstruating.

Together we can help all girls walk to school feeling safe, secure, and with dignity.

Your Smalls Appeal works by recycling an important item of clothing we take for granted. An item which is thrown away once it is out of fashion or no longer feels comfortable. A vital but essential item used by girls and women everywhere –The Bra!  By sending us your unwanted bras you help support other women and girls across the world. Not only that, it helps to reduce the amount of bras going to landfill and improves the circular society.

Since its initial launch, we now receive regular donations and giving from individual ladies, women connected to local business, networking groups, churches, girls and mums at various schools and colleges not only in the UK but from across the globe. We are still shocked that there are still women in the world who do not have access to this basic item of clothing.  


Recycled and new bras keep breasts secure and comfortable. Menstruation kits ensure young girls feel secure, comfortable and protected from infection.









Recycled and new bras keep breasts secure and comfortable. Reusable cloth sanitary pads, period pants and regular sanitary pads ensure young girls and women feel secure, comfortable and protected from infection.

No girl should be excluded from the chance of an education. Providing packs of sanitary pads or a reusable cloth sanitary pack ensures girls can come to school during their periods.

A bra supports the healthy breast growth of developing young girls. Providing different-sized new or recycled bras to girls gives that support is invaluable. Women of all ages also need support to maintain the shape of their breasts which change regularly.

Schooling for girls is essential not only does it ensure she has an education, but helps to keep girls safe and protected. The provision of clean sanitary products keeps women and girls free from infection.

Want to make a difference?

Help us raise money to support a girl's education in Africa and buy reusable sanitary pads.