As word of our Days for Girls reusable menstrual pad program has spread, we have received more and more requests for our seamstresses to supply both education and menstrual pad kits to young girls. Our program is located in CapHaitian but many of the requests come from farther afield. The logistics of arranging transportation for the seamstress and the kits can be daunting, especially in Haiti when vehicles break down regularly or protests block traffic for hours. Despite these barriers, one of our seamstresses made it to Port au Prince in September and distributed kits to 25 girls at the Center for the Arts, a program that empowers adolescent girls in the arts. The girls were asked to give an honest critique of the presentation so that we are able to improve. Following are some of their comments:
“I was so happy to learn about menstrual cycle how to control that so you don’t get pregnant”
“I had a great moment because I learned from the questions that the other girls asked and also hope that the team Days for Girls will come back so we can learn more. I will take what I learned and share with my classmates.”
“I learn the technique to use the fabric pads and the importance of using it. I am so happy to have one so I will show to friends and see what they think about that idea of saving money”
Reading these comments made us realize how valuable education can be and that the difficulty encountered in transportation is minimal compared to the benefits that is passed on not only to the girls in attendance, but also to their friends.
Thursday, November 15th is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. A contribution to Helping Haiti Work will provide a menstrual kit to a young woman and education about her body as well as a living wage to our seamstresses.