While we were in Haiti this winter, we spent time teaching sewing skills to Haitian women as well as taking the time to educate them about menstruation, female body parts and hygiene. We donated 50 reusable menstrual pad kits that had been sewn in Minnesota and asked the women to pass on the education to local school girls as well as distribute the kits. Since menstruation is very seldom discussed even among adult women, this took much encouragement before the seamstresses felt comfortable talking to 12 and 13 year old girls. But once they saw the smiles on the faces of the girls when they received their kits, the women were more encouraged to continue with the education component of the program. They have now provided education for girls in three different schools and have become more comfortable with the conversations.
While the Haitian seamstresses continue constructing kits that will be sold in Haiti, women from Minnesota are giving generously of their time and resources in constructing the extra kits that will be distributed to Haitian schoolgirls, while also providing them with a health lesson. Our fundraiser on March 12th featuring the band Morpheus will be an opportunity to help us to financially support these efforts, as well as our traditional microfinance loan programs. Over 70 people are already attending – join the crowd for a great night of entertainment. Details on our home page when you click on the picture of the band.