All around the world, women and girls face a monthly reality: menstruation. Periods are often taboo, something shameful, to be hidden away and never mentioned. It is truly unfortunate that menstruation is still considered a shameful and unacceptable topic in most places. And for many women silence is just one of many challenges they face each month. In countries where access to clean sanitation facilities is already a struggle, having a steady supply of sanitary products can prove difficult, whether for availability or cost reasons. For those of us who have access to supplies it can be easy to overlook the importance of pads, tampons, Diva Cups, whatever we use for menstrual management. Would you be able to go to work or school? Leave the house to socialize? Likely not — or you would have to improvise a pad from something around your home, like a rag or old shirt, increasing your risk of infection and likely leaving you feeling vulnerable and insecure about leaving the house.
Recently a group of ladies on St Croix took on the task of fundraising for this aim, knowing from their own lives and their sisters, daughters and friends, how problematic managing periods can be for young women. They will be able to stay in school and take charge of their lives! Now that we go up to ninth grade the numbers of girls past puberty are ever growing and we were seriously wondering how to keep up! Currently we have almost girls in this age-group, up from around 40! But this is one of the most successful ways to get girls to continue into higher education - the ONLY factor ever proven to accelerate societal progress and higher standards of living internationally! She is getting her first pair of underwear and packet of pads from Madame Micheline, our health-worker. In another picture you see the stock of the medicine cabinet! Our schools are also supplied with Kindergarten sizes of underwear ages for both sexes each year, for those little accidents that tend to occur with small children. We also have a group of pregnant and nursing women currently 33 including one grandma who is raising a baby after her daughter died - who come weekly for a chat, a lecture if anything is available, and 3 eggs from our farm each free as a dietary supplement.
By Flora Drury For Mailonline. The blue helmets of United Nations peacekeepers are a familiar sight on the earthquake-ravaged island of Haiti. There since as Haiti has struggled to cope with one natural disaster after another, the peacekeepers were meant to help.
It took us five years to apprehend them. Today they are running wild. Rachelle Dolce, who is living at large makeshift camp on the Petionville Club Golf Course, said she thought a rape had occurred outside her tent the previous night. She said she heard men making noise and a woman struggling.