Yes, the kits have found their girls! The amazing girls in communities neighboring Mefou Park now each have their own washable hygiene kit, and in a profoundly moving surprise, the surplus kits are on their way to women and girls in a refugee camp in the north of Cameroon where they have found safety from Boko Haram.
Here's how we did it:
Every morning for a week we loaded up the truck with 6-8 people and bins and bags of supplies and headed out to a school in one of the communities. The agenda called for a morning of lessons and handing out of kits for the girls while the boys built handwashing stations.
Clarisse, a nurse from the local hospital who specializes in coaching young families, had the perfect blend of medical authority and humor. She put the girls at ease talking about periods and they asked her their most personal questions. Ada, the AAA Director's admin, went next with the social side of things and led lively discussion about girls, and the importance of education, and boys... After the girls selected their kits we volunteers led them through the demonstration and practice.
Life is unavoidably honest here. Even the younger girls are aware of AIDS and well aware of the consequences of unintended pregnancy. And they already know that they need to stay in school so they can become police officers, teachers, nurses, government officials, etc. With her own kit, each girl can now pursue her future with one less barrier in the way.
Please enjoy a few photos of these great girls...