As I type this out, I'm waiting at gate A12 in the Indianapolis airport, boarding a flight to DC in about half an hour. Tomorrow I'll be seeing the wonderful people in the photos above and thanking them in person for their open-hearted devotion to an amazing project. Our board member, Lisa Bowers, and her sister, Teresa Richard, probably didn't know what they were getting themselves into when they offered to take on the project of sewing enough cloth menstrual pads so that 600 girls in poor villages in Ghana can have a means of menstrual hygiene. They've gathered together church groups, ladies circles, book clubs, and other service groups to cut fabric, sew the pads, package pain reliever, and donate underwear, washcloths, and soap. The project has brought together women, men and children in the US with a common goal - to give girls in Ghana dignity and empower them for success!
Every single one of the people who've contributed to this project will be with us in spirit as our women's health mission volunteers from the Washington DC and Portland, Oregon areas, and our Ghana based staff travel village to village to distribute these beautiful products to schoolgirls. We are also grateful to the Ghana Health Service - Ketu South Municipality, the Ghana Education Directorate, the Ghana Girl Child Coordinator, and the Ghana Special Needs Coordinator who have been meeting together to choose the villages and the girls to be served by this project. It's really humbling to think of how many people have joined hands across states, countries and continents to make this dream a reality.
BECAUSE NO GIRL OR WOMAN SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER SHAME AND EMBARRASSMENT BECAUSE OF A NATURAL AND BEAUTIFUL PART OF BEING FEMALE.
No girl or woman should have to miss a week of school or work every month, or not be able to reach her goals in life because she has no means of menstrual hygiene. Healthy Villages, Inc. is currently pursuing grant funding to continue this project in a sustainable way. Stay tuned for updates!
In addition to sharing the kits of washable, reusable pads, our volunteers and Ghana staff will be spending three days attending to the medical needs of female patients in a remote village. We'll be posting photos and videos of our activities, so please follow us on social media so you can get ongoing updates (click on links below)! Our volunteers arrive in Ghana on February 24!
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