Rotary York Ainsty's Yorkits scheme benefits education for girls across the world

Yorkits - making washable feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries

This photograph shows Kenyan girls proudly displaying their Yorkits hygiene kits. The image was supplied by the 'Educate the Kids' project in Mombassa, Kenya.

Yorkits is a Rotary-run community “hands-on” project which involves volunteers coming together to make washable, easy-to use, feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries – and it goes from strength to strength.


In many developing countries, due to poverty, many girls have no feminine hygiene provision and can’t go to school during menstruation, therefore missing out large parts of their education. We therefore aim to help by providing them with access to uninterrupted schooling.


We run workshops and use brightly patterned cottons to make up the eco-friendly low-cost cleverly designed kits, which are packed into attractive drawstring bags and which last each girl typically for up to three years.

Yorkits workshop in full swing

Each kit also contains panties, a wash cloth, a carry bag for soiled items and a strong polythene zip-locked bag for washing the items in small amounts of often scarce water. In addition, we provide templates and instructions on how to make further kits for themselves.  We also seed fund school and women’s community self-help groups to start making kits out of local materials.

Ruth, a Kenyan seamstress with sample self-help kits now being made in her market place shop


We run monthly Saturday workshops in Copmanthorpe, York at the Methodist Church Hall and occasionally at other venues upon request.


The kits are taken by volunteers to overseas projects run by Rotary, Churches and other voluntary organisations. In some areas we have seed funded schools and women’s self-help community groups to make their own kits out of local materials.  This is greatly encouraging the development of self-sustainability. 

The Yorkits kits give the girls (and now also their mothers and other women in their communities) dignity and the chance to take control of their own situations.

Rotarian Issy Sanderson, spent much of her working life in developing countries initiating self-help and income-generating projects in poor communities. Issy organises the workshops sponsored by Rotary York Ainsty.

For further information and dates of the workshops please contact:



THESE KITS CHANGE LIVES To see an article on Yorkits by Dave King (August 2019) see:

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