The Cup Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower girls living in challenging environments by giving them life skills training and access to menstrual cups.

 
 

Our goal is for everyone around the world to know about the cup, as we believe then it will be easier to help more girls in need.


That is why we have divided our cause int CUP FOR HER and CUP FOR YOU.

With HER me mean all the girls in need we/you are helping to manage their periods so they can stay in school and live a healthier and safer life.

With YOU me mean just YOU or the girls or women around you. We like everyone (women and men!) to know about the cup and all good it can do for you, the environment and for a girl in need.

Our belief is that the more people who know about the cup and hopefully use it, the easier it will be for us/you to help millions of girls in need. As the cup market grows it will free money for the cup users and it will hopefully make cups cheaper and the companies selling them will be able to be more generous and help our cause.

We have already seen great results with the over 5000 girls we've trained in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The girls who have gone through the specially designed Cup program and who have chosen to start using the cup have not missed a day of school since, feel healthier,  can participate in sports, be allowed to play, and feel free. The Cup provides dignity and empowerment to the girls. 

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Our goal is to help 1 million girls in poverty with proper life skills training and a free Menstrual Cup for a sustainable menstrual solution, so they can live in dignity and flourish.

We have partnered up with some of the leading manufacturers of cups around the world. We only want the highest quality cups, as these girls really need them to last as long as possible. The same cups used by girls in New York, LA, London and Stockholm.

Please, click below and find out more.

 
 
 

As the cup is very environmentally friendly itself we have made our whole distribution of the cups as green as possible. We buy the cups in bulk without any packaging and spend minimum on transport.

We deliver the cups in our own improved storage pouch that will help protect the cup longer. We are proud to produce them locally with the help of women in the slum. Win win!

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Expanding in 2017

We can do so much to make a difference to the future of girls across the world.

If we get the right funding we have plans to start The Cup in India in 2017 as well as expanding in Kenya and hopefully other places in Africa. 

 

THEY NEED YOUR HELP!

 

Investing in girls can unleash their potential and make an impact on the whole society.

We don’t think it’s fair so many girls in poverty are being left behind, just because they have periods.  We’re here to fight the taboos still associated with menstruation and raise awareness of the benefits of a cup for a girl’s future. You can help here too, by sharing our website, create awareness and start talking naturally and openly about periods.

You can help in so many ways. For a little as USD 40 you can help one girl with the training and a cup. How many can you afford to help? 

 

You can help by TAKing ACTION!

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The Cup Team

Good role models are really important for adolescent girls, particularly in areas where schools are understaffed, parents are absent and assault and rape are common.

Our trainers are young empowered women who have experienced the same challenges growing up as the girls they work with. They go through extensive training so they have the necessary teaching skills and knowledge to support these girls.

Our trainers don’t just teach the girls, they mentor them, so that the girls feel comfortable to talk to them about any subject. As they all share a similar background with the girls and are available (to the young girls) at any given time after the training sessions are finished. They also work closely with partner organizations so that if any girl needs counseling or medical treatment, they coordinate this for them. 

 

The Cup Training

The Cup program is designed to offer support for girls in poverty. We run sessions in schools over a four-week period divided into four sessions, where the girls are trained in several topics such as human rights, reproductive health, sex education, team building and empowerment.

The Cup training is comprehensive and include human rights education, rights to education sessions, reproductive health education, HIV/AIDS education, sex education, basic life skills, team building amongst target problems girls face in their socio-cultural context like rape, abortions, sexual abuse and prostitution.

During the sessions they are provided with a menstrual cup and instruction on how to use it clean it and protect it. A cup that will last them up to 10 years.

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Girl session 1: Bonding

The first session is about creating a comfortable environment for the girls, given that some of the topics discussed could seem embarrassing. The CUP program aim is to try to ”break the silence” around periods and encourage girls to talk about their bodies.

CUP trainers share their own stories and relevant experiences and girls are individually interviewed so that we understand each girl’s background.

Girls are also invited to write down questions that they can put in the anonymous question box, which trainers then answer in the following session. 

 

Girl Session 2: Sex Education

During the second session general topics about becoming an adolescent are discussed like sex, love, menstruation, contraception, infections, pregnancies, illegal abortions, prostitution and more.

 

Girl Session 3: Introduction to the CUP

In the third session the girls are taught about reproductive health and educated about the menstrual cup. Girls who have started their period are given a cup for use. Part of session is devoted to practical training on how to use and take care of the cup.

Before the distribution of the menstrual cups parents are invited to an information meeting where they give their consent to their daughters’ participation.

 

Girl Session 4: Empowerment

  • The final session in the program is all about empowerment and self-confidence. The girls are trained on their rights as women, citizens of their country and human beings.
     
  • They’re encouraged to discuss future opportunities, like higher education and careers so that they learn to aspire.
     
  • The CUP teams also teach the importance of group support, so that they become a network for each other. The aim is that the girls will walk out of the CUP program with a newfound confidence and start to dream and set goals for their future. 
     
  • At the end of the course, the girls are invited to keep in touch with us through the mentorship program where on going support is available.

 

Boy Session

The boys are also offered two training sessions as part of the Cup Program. We believe that training only girls will not have enough impact. The training is similar to the girls but also include topics specific to boys situation like crime and drugs as well as gender roles. 

 

 

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