A key aspect of the EWP program is the distribution of the water hyacinth sanitary pad among local schools, to at-risk girls. With the provision of safe and hygienic sanitary care, girls in school and women at work can effectively and comfortably manage menstruation. 

When a girl receives seven or more years of education, typically, she:

  • Marries 4 years later

  • Has 2.2 fewer children, and

  • Is less vulnerable and not prone to abject poverty and abuse (McIntyre, 2006).

 Additional schooling also provides life-saving public health education, such as HIV/AIDS prevention (Global Campaign for Education, 2004). According to a United Nations Foundation document entitled, Why Invest in Adolescent Girls, “Child marriage rates were halved among 13- to 15-year-olds in Bangladesh who were enrolled in school for 3 years” (Clinton Global Initiative).

According to the UNFPA, “Girls who have been educated are likely to marry later and to have smaller and healthier families. Educated women can recognize the importance of health care and know how to seek it for themselves and their children. Education helps girls and women to know their rights and to gain confidence to claim them. However, women’s literacy rates are significantly lower than men’s in most developing countries.”