The "Elephant in the room" is an expression that applies to an obvious problem that no one wants to discuss. It insinuates that the problem is so obvious that it would be impossible to overlook. So let’s talk about menstruation. You heard me right, you know that miserable monthly reminder that you are now a woman. The cramps, the blood, the time of month when you wonder how many times you can shower in a day. Right? What does menstruation have in common with health, hygiene, sanitation and education? If you live in a developed country you probably don’t know. You can buy fancy affordable tampons and pads. You can go to work and school without worrying about bleeding through your only uniform or dress outfit. You can chose from different colors, shapes, sizes and perfumes and when you’re done, you either throw it in the garbage or flush it down the toilet.
Meet Amina, a 14 year old girl living in sub-Saharan Africa? Her parents make about $1 a day doing odd jobs. She has 3 sisters and 1 brother and her family dwelling is a mere 10x10 corrugated metal shack with a dirt floor. Sanitary napkins cost about $1, the same price as a kilogram of sugar or maize. Her family does not have a bathroom (or running water) and buying sanitary pads for her and her sisters is out of the question. Amina no longer goes to school during her period because she is embarrassed.
To read more about Amina and other girls, click here......
Hope Without Borders has been able to distribute hundreds of "hygiene" pack to women and school girls in Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal. We recently received letters from some school girls in Kenya who had received a pack in March 2014:
:....I am full of joy and happiness for the gift you have helped me with. I thank you very much for the sanitary towels that you donated several months ago. It has really changed our lives so much and I am proud that now I can't miss to go to school even 1 single day." Aiiono
"...now that you have helped us with the sanitary towels we can now go to school everyday and we are thankful...." Yusra
"...thank you for giving me the sanitary towels. If you would not give me the sanitary towels I could not have come to school because my mother could not afford the money to buy for me always." Ndungwa
"...I give thanks to you because you helped me with your sanitary towels, you helped so many girls that their parents do not have work or money." Mercy
You can help by donating money so we can purchase the kits.. Each kit cost about $15 and will last a girl about 3 years. The kit includes 7 re-usable sanitary pads, 2 pairs of underwear, soap and delivery personally to each girl as well as a lesson about her changing body (by a trained local women who knows their culture and language). Let’s change these girl’s lives. Let’s keep them in school and give them a chance to escape poverty by furthering their education.