Last Friday, March 31, 2017, 25 packages of washable sanitary napkins were delivered to the rural community of Collado in the municipality of San Juan del Sur. The kits included moisture protection barriers, flannel liners, panties, soap, a zippered plastic bag for wet ítems, and a cloth drawstring bag to carry the kit. These kits were donated by Days for Girls (daysforgirls.org)
The activity was facilitated by 4 of our scholarship students and by the executive director of the Fundación A. Jean Brugger (Vilma Bustos). Prior to giving instructions for the use of the kits, the facilitators provided educational talks about the physiological changes from childhood to adolescence and about personal hygiene, Then they demonstrated the use of the kit and finally the kits were distributed to all of the young women. The activity ended with a piñata and a snack for all participants.
The implementation of this project is thanks to the solidarity and alliance between the Fundación A. Jean Brugger and the "International Days For Girls Foundation", a non-profit NGO whose main objective is to help young women in rural areas have access to safer and better quality feminine hygiene products. The Fundación A. Jean Brugger thanks Heidi Glantzberg (volunteer representative of Day for Girls) for bringing this project to benefit adolescent women in rural communities in San Juan del Sur. We also want to thank the friends and members of Bellaire United Methodist Church, Bellaire Texas, who sewed the kits and donated all the materials.
This activity was coordinated by Kathleen Brugger (Vice-president of the Board of Directors of Fundación A. Jean Brugger) and Alvaro Novoa (Director of Social Programs of the Fundación A. Jean Brugger). We also wish to thank Collado community leader Pedro López for supporting In the selection and invitation of the young women who participated and benefited from this Project. We also thank and congratulate the scholarship students who supported and participated in this activity: Belkys Elieth Guillen, Concepción Membreño, Idalia Jiménez, Ingrid Collado and Daniel Monestel.