What if the school rules told your daughter she couldn’t come to school while she is on her period. She would be forced to miss three months of school each year and could not make up the work. Would she be able to graduate?
What if, while you were growing up, your father told you that during your period you could not come in the house? Even worse what if you were told if you did come in, your family would be cursed.
What if pads or tampons cost roughly $100 and menstrual cups cost $500? Many women around the world have to spend an entire day’s wages just to buy a box of pads.
Thank you so much for the Wings Kit. We went to the mountain village of Maghaway to do ministry among the children and the mothers, together with a team from Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. It was another opportunity to share Wings Kit to the mothers, single ladies and teenagers. Everyone was so excited to have Wings kits. The last time we had it was two years ago with only 30 kits as a starter. When the other ladies knew about it, they asked if we can give more. The 50 kits you sent was truly a blessing to the all.
We thank God for the ministry of the Wings Kit to provide one of the basic need of a teenager or woman during their monthly cycle. Thank you so much for coming up with this program for women. We hope and pray you will be able to send us more on regular basis. This will be a great tool to reach out to other women.
The girls over 11 received one each and then we gave to some of the younger mothers. I have 50 more that will be coming next week and will be given out then.
The girls were shy about what they were at first, but when they figured out that these could be used over and over, they immediately wanted one. The good thing is that the bags are pretty and the boys had no clue as to what was in them. It was really nice to give them out!
The area where we handed these out was so remote we had to make 3 attempts at getting up the hill. The van just did not want to go. It was two hours of dirt roads and lots of rocks and thorns, but we made it and had a great day giving out the Kits.
Thank you for making it possible for these girls to stay in school year-round. 🙂
On behalf of Lynchburg College’s Students without Borders, I wanted to express how grateful we are for Gleaning for the World’s support and donations to our medical mission trip in the Dominican Republic. With your help, we were able to serve approximately 400 patients in a village of San Pedro de Macoris. Every patient was so grateful to receive necessary every day hygiene products like the WINGS Kits, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, vitamins, and so much more. The children also LOVED the stuffed animals!
Across the world, girls are coming into adulthood at a younger age. By the age of eight, nearly 50% of girls in developing nations will have started puberty. As was the case with a young girl we encountered in Nicaragua.
Her family was extremely poor. The pads and tampons cost more than what her family makes in an entire day. With no other options, her family makes her makeshift underwear out of a flexible bark using the stringy, fibrous underside to be absorbent.
The bark is tied tight, and the rough sides cut into her skin. She was embarrassed to go out in public because the thickness of the bark was visible through her clothing.
While meeting with families in the area, our partner met this young woman. With her she had one of the Wings kits from Gleaning For The World. When she explained how it was used and she would not have to use bark again because these kits last for three years, tears welled up in this young girl’s eyes. She knew that she would not have to endue the public humiliation and private shame again.
The women and girls have no access to any feminine hygiene products and the girls have to stay home from school [during their monthly cycle]. They’re currently using rags, cardboard and banana leaves. I know that the older women who will be glad to have them, but it means the younger women can go to school. The education they will receive will truly make a difference for these young girls. With no exaggeration, for this group of girls, it can possibly break the cycle of poverty in their generation.
I had a man come for the training and was there for his wife because she is a street sweeper and could not be there. We talked for a while and he was so excited about the kit. The more I talked to him I asked him why he came because most men would not. He said because he wanted to help his wife and also because it was hard enough to put food on the table and he knew the price of the disposable products and they would never be able to afford those. He said, “This will truly bless my family.”
The most touching story was the woman who had heard about the Wings kits and was concerned that she would need to pay for them. She was very poor and had very little. She could not afford to buy disposable products. She was amazed and overjoyed and broke down in tears when she discovered that the Wings kit were a gift to her.
Our hosts held a women’s health clinic because we were coming with these kits. It was going to be the easiest way to get women to come for help. While we were there handing out kits and doing general physicals, we were able to to detect breast cancer in one woman. They were able to get her in to start treatment. So not only are these kits helping women overcome the oppression in their society but it may have helped us save a woman’s life.