I was fortunate enough to be accepted for an international medical mission called Hearts in Motion. Hearts in Motion is a program run by WSU that selects a few students each year to do medical work in rural villages in Guatemala, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
While I'm there, I'm excited to announce that I will be conducting an independent research project through the School of Biological Sciences here at WSU! With the help of a few wonderful women, I am aiming to understand the impact that a girl's menstrual cycle has on her access to education in these regions.
Often times, when a girl starts her period and lacks access to sanitary products, she is forced to stay home from school and use harmful/unsanitary methods instead. By the time they reach secondary education, they may drop out due to being 1/4 of the way behind their male peers. It breaks my heart to think that something so trivial to many of us in America, can have such a lasting negative impact on the lives of others.
I will be distributing reusable sanitary pads to the women we are able to serve in Guatemala. Whether they choose to participate in the research or not, the women we speak with will receive a reusable pad. The goal is to use both the data and distribution of menstrual products, and turn it into a sustainable long-term project. I am gathering reusable pads both through company donations and fundraising to purchase them myself. Those who wish may donate and help me help others, and anything would be gratefully received! All donations will go towards purchasing the pads. Thank you all for being with me on this journey!
Lots of love,