I just received this timely email and really wanted to share it with my readers. I hope to inspire you to help out other women, especially young girls. Read on:
What if having your period meant you couldn’t go to school? For many girls in countries around the world, missing school due to a lack of menstrual supplies is a sad reality that can lead to falling behind in school and eventually ending their studies altogether.
In 2012, 1.4 billion people, or 20% of the world’s population, survive on less than $1.50 per day. That money gets stretched among entire families for a day’s worth of food. This means that girls will be unable to buy sanitary products when they’re menstruating and must resort to using old rags, toilet paper, newspaper, ash, mud and even cow dung. They will skip school to avoid embarrassing leaks and stains in public and remain at home for up to a week each month. In an effort to curb this gap in education, Empower Women in Africa offers scholarships to cover the educational costs of girls living in abject poverty, donates handmade cloth menstrual pads to girls in rural Africa and works with women in areas we donate to make the pads locally.
We invite you to partner with us as we partner with Empower Women in Africa to provide school-age girls with the supplies they need to stay in school through their cycle.
Check out GladRags website and their Empower Women in Africa program. If you feel this program is worth donating to, go ahead and share this post with friends and family in your circle and encourage them to participate in helping other women engage in their life fully without being held back just because they did not have access to feminine products.