HerFlow Foundation in association with GrassROOTS will donate 600 menstrual essential kits to 3 schools in Jamaica:
St. Annie’s Primary
Holy Trinity High School
Clan Carty High School
GrassROOTS has taken a global approach to the issue of period poverty. We work in partnership with local organizations to support girls in New Jersey, Jamaica, and Ghana. In Jamaica, we partner with HerFlow Foundation to support local programs
GrassROOTS Community Foundation President Dr. Janice Johnson Dias and Board member Lisa Maxwell along with SuperGirls Amina Anekwe and Marley Dias traveled to Jamaica in Spring 2019 to deliver sanitary napkins to St. James High School. This trip was a part of GrassROOTS’ ongoing efforts to end period poverty.
HerFlow is a Social Enterprise formed by Author and Activist Shelly-Ann Weeks to address the stigma and shame associated with menstruation, end period poverty in Jamaica, and become a source of information for Female Reproductive Health. Her Flow has organized and co-partnered with GrassROOTS in our efforts to remove the blockades that prevent or obstruct girls’ educational access.
HerFlow Foundation teamed up with GrassROOTS to create the Invest In Girls Summit. The Summit aimed to ensure girls have access to the tools they need to perform at their optimal.
As early as age 9, the majority of girls will begin menstruation. This launch into womanhood constitutes many changes to their lives. For girls with meager and limited resources menstruation introduces new and more stressful financial burdens. The consequences of which can impede their educational achievements. The effects are compounded for those who experience financial distress. Girls who live in poverty often do not have the funds to buy sanitary napkins. As such many will miss up to one week of school per month—a total of 3 months per school year because of their periods. These are often the same girls who are eligible for free and reduced lunches. Therefore, many girls will stay home hungry and in pain.
You can also donate directly to the GrassROOTS Community Foundation by clicking on the button below
To support this effort, you can send sanitary napkins directly to:
Her Flow Foundation
℅ Shelly-Ann Weekes
21 Finch Crescent
Jamaica, West Indies
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