What would happen if we didn’t have partners who are so loving, giving, and frankly, pretty amazing people? This is what I was asking myself when I went out to Liberty School yesterday. The teacher overseeing the washable sanitary pads program for the girls at the school came up to me intently asking, “Did you bring pads? We need them so, so badly.” Stupidly, I thought I had already lugged enough 50-pound suitcases filled with 50 kits to last that school a lifetime. Silly me. Younger girls grow up and new students come in…all with no means to purchase disposable sanitary pads.
“We have 16 new boarding students in secondary school and none of them have any pads,” she went on. “I am really hoping you have brought some with you.” So while the menfolk, Roger, Director of the School John, the Head Teacher (male) and others were discussing matters of great import, like infrastructure and budgets, mostly clueless of the magnitude of the needs of each female student of age at their school, the women were trying to get a handle on the administration of a very necessary item to make it possible for girls to attend class every day.
Not only was this particular teacher aware, but the new students were nervously aware and thank God, those two precious gals in Arroyo Grande are acutely aware that without these pads, the new girls would not be attending class one week out of this and the following months of the school year. So, what would happen if I had to say, “No, I didn’t bring any this time?” Thank God we don’t have to find out, because once again I was to be able to say, “Yes! I have pads!” So, a huge thank you to ALL of you who work on, contribute towards and make it happen over and over again! Here are 14 of the new gals and what your efforts mean to them!