Our work with Native students has introduced us to others doing vital work outside the school context in support of Native youth, families, and communities. We have seized the opportunity to partner with some of them to help ensure that those they serve do not have to miss school or work or activities of daily life when they are on their periods, or the indignity of stained clothing, or use period supplies for longer than intended and risk their health due to insufficient supplies.
Please contact us if you have a resource or connection that will help us do more!
Kwek Society COVID masks being repackaged for distribution within the Navajo Nation. Summer 2020.
Gedakina is a Native-led nonprofit headquartered in Vermont. It works to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England. In April 2020 we began supplying the young people Gedakina serves with moon time bags and period products.
Indigenous Goddess Gang
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief
Waterflow and Shiprock, NM
We established partnerships with Native kwe’k affiliated with the Indigenous Goddess Gangand with Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief shortly after COVID-19 shuttered schools and brick-and-mortar enterprises operating on the Navajo Nation. They have been nimble partners, allowing us to get period supplies to Native American community members at a time when the Navajo Nation was experiencing escalating COVID-19 infection and death rates and there were no period supplies on store shelves. During spring and summer 2020 they distributed, often door-to-door, the masks, hand sanitizer, moon time bags, pads, tampons and liners we shipped in. These efforts continued, with our support, through fall and winter 2020-2021.
Pueblo Action Alliance
Pueblo Action Alliance is a community driven organization that promotes cultural sustainability and community defense by addressing environmental and social impacts in Indigenous communities.
One key PAA project is providing baskets of food and other necessities to “unhomed relatives” living on the streets of Albuquerque, NM. We learned about the project after the pandemic struck. The generosity of our financial supporters and individual donors has allowed up to provide substantial numbers of moon time bags and period supplies to PAA so it can support the increasing number of Native clients who have lost shelter as the pandemic wears on.
Western Health Foundation
The Western Health Foundation is a nonprofit community-based health care delivery system. In February 2020, WHF was on the cusp of a new initiative to provide mobile women’s health services on the Ramah-Navajo reservation. It planned to host weekly clinics deep within the reservation, where women’s health services were non-existent. Its plans were curtailed by COVID-19. In February 2020, The Kwek Society shipped to WHF a supply of moon time bags and other period supplies for distribution to clinic clients. Because of the pandemic, many of our supplies were rerouted to homeless Native women staying in Gallup motels while isolating or recovering from COVID-19. We will be resupplying WHF once it is able to mobilize.