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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On being feminine



These women are joyfully receiving gifts!  What you ask could make them so happy and cause those beaming smiles?  Well, what would make you that happy?  Gift certificates for manicures?  Pedicures?  New dress, shoes?

Always Feminine pads.  Oh, yes, you read that right.  These ladies have been patiently waiting for Laura to get back with the pads that many of us have been collecting for months.  So simple, so simple....and yet, so important when you have nothing!

Many of the girls in this village would have to stay home from school because they didn't have adequate feminine products for the days they needed them.

Laura has been teaching these girls and women about hygiene, i.e. how to use them and how to properly dispose of them.  

In this village, their bathroom facilities consist of a pit latrine.  What is that?  I asked the same question.  Basically, a hole in the ground surrounded by three "walls" and some sort of fabric that serves as a door.  A woman has to stand or squat over that hole in the ground.  Thankful yet? 

Each girl and woman has been given 25 pads.  Laura will try to take more back in June when she goes again.  If the pads haven't been disposed of properly, she will not give them more.  She has explained very carefully how to do that.  

If you read this, and want to participate in this part of the Mercy Uganda ministry, just pick up pads when you are in the store and then go over to our website to see where to send them.  If that isn't practical, you can make a donation that will go directly to buying these pads to be distributed to women in remote villages.

Prayerfully consider if God would have you participate in this cause.  

Stop to think how excited you would be to open a gift of feminine pads.  Would your face light up like theirs?  

As a side note, this village is the one in the picture on the header of this blog.  The village where they must go to this muddy little body of water to get any and all water they will use during each day.  Mercy Uganda is also working on funding a well for this village!

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