We Supply Native American Girls and Young Women with Period Supplies When They Cannot Afford or Don’t Have Ready Access to Them
Want to take action in response to the national disgrace that Native girls are skipping school when they have their periods because they cannot afford pads or tampons?
You can support us! GuideStar’s report about our work is available here, and the site includes a DONATE button, with a one-time or monthly gift option (monthly gifts are prized, as they give us a steady income to support girls’ monthly needs).
Just before Valentine’s Day 2019 we sent 110 sewn-with-love first moon-time, personal-to-go kits to fifth-grade students in the Shiprock, New Mexico elementary schools, supporting their school nurse’s upcoming personal hygiene meeting with the students.
In late January 2019 we sent 10 boxes of period supplies, sports bras, underwear and first-period supply/celebration kits to students in 9 New Mexico schools.
We sent a 12th box of bras to students and women served by a community-based nonprofit, First Families Now, based in Porcupine, South Dakota.
The bras that we sent all came from Dana Marlowe and our friends at I Support the Girls. We were thrilled that I Support the Girls came through for us again, after sharing with us in November 2018 scads of pads, LOLA liners for this same group of recipients.
Earlier in January we formally entered an arrangement with the School Board of New Mexico’s Central Consolidated School District, in the heart of the beautiful Four Corners region of San Juan County in the northwest corner of New Mexico, to meet the period product needs of CCSD students who can’t afford supplies. The school district serves approximately 6,000 Navajo Nation students in 15 schools, plus early childhood preschools, and covers nearly 3,000 square miles. These schools have some of the most awesome school nurses who have been guiding us about the needs of their students.
Our New Mexico schools partnership began in September 2018, when we supplied students with almost 1400 tween pads and tampons, with the guidance of school nurse Cathy Manus LPN.
We also are supporting Native girls attending Wounded Knee District School, in Manderson, South Dakota. In June 2018 we supplied 200 tampons; to start the school year, we sent another 400 to Wounded Knee District School students in September 2018. We followed up in January 2019 with a shipment of pads and underwear.
Last (but not least), in late November we supplied first-period kits and pads to girls in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, and since then have committed to providing quarterly supplies to these students.
You can watch a newsclip, and read the transcript, of a local Oklahoma news channel’s coverage of our initial foray into Oklahoma, here.
Three states and counting! Please help us do more! Money donations give us the most flexibility to meet students’ needs.
Pad drives conducted by volunteers also are terrific as they not only get us needed supplies, they spread the word throughout the community about students’ need and our work to support them. Here’s a photo of the recent “haul” collected by Genesis Lazo from her contacts in Northern Virginia, including staff of the immigration law firm Just Neighbors in Annandale and members of the Young Professionals Program, Leadership Center for Excellence, Arlington, in which Genesis participates. Thank you, Genesis, for your time, leadership, and these supplies!
Further, a no-cost -to-you way to help us provide menstrual supplies to Native women and girls who need them is to shop Amazon through smile.amazon.com, and designate The Kwek Society as the charity to which you want a portion of your purchase to be directed. We get .05% of your purchase price and you get the joy of knowing you are helping support Native girls and women. Just go to Amazon Smile, select The Kwek Society to receive your (no-cost-to-you) donations from eligible purchases, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to us.