Yanique Brandford’s

Our Founder Story

“Growing up in Jamaica—access to essential materials like sanitary pads was a luxury. Most of what we had we needed to spend making sure we could eat or get to school. By the end of the month, we couldn’t afford sanitary pads.

We would use paper, cardboard—and a range of other things to meet our needs. When I got to Canada I realized that this wasn’t tied to geography. It was global—and in Toronto, the need was really there.

So I started Help A Girl Out in 2018. Since then we’ve delivered thousands of hygiene materials to women and girls in across Canada, and around the world.

We were elected Canada's Hero Award recipients by Global Citizen in Dec 2020 for Help A Girl Out (HAGO).

The reusables project has since expanded to efforts in Uganda, Jamaica, and Trinidad.

Our Materials:

To learn more about the materials used to make our reusable pads, please visit our blog or contact us.

The 3 Pillars Of Our Organization

  1. Providing free access to reusable & disposable period products 
  2. Provide workshops to educate all ages about menstruation, uterine health and anatomy.
  3. Empower women & girls with year-round anti-stigma campaigns to build self-esteem, and eliminate period stigma.

Community Is Our Focus

Our team, donors, volunteers, packers, sorters, sewers, and drivers all shape the interconnected network of our organization.

Diversity Is Responsibility

Like the communities we serve, we are a welcoming, diverse & multi-generational group of individuals. Together we work to dismantle the root causes of period poverty, which are; shame, stigma, lack of education and access.

Empathy Is Our Guide

We lead from experience and with care. We have faced period poverty ourselves, and we have heard the stories from the perspective of individuals from various religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We are a people-first organization— we care deeply for those we support.

Reusable Pads