Period Poverty in Houston
For our second year we are partnering with Houston Independent School District (HISD) on Girls Should Be in School…Period!, a period positive campaign that addresses “period poverty” as well as the stigmas and shame that surround menstruation, and we need your help.
Over 78% of HISD students are economically disadvantaged and many HISD families struggle to pay for period products while some simply can’t afford to purchase them at all. We want to encourage regular student attendance by removing the barriers young menstruating women face on a monthly basis through the distribution of period supplies that permit them to attend school comfortably. In addition to impacting school attendance, poor menstrual hygiene can cause physical health risks and has been linked to reproductive and urinary tract infections.
In our second year, we are assembling period preparedness kits for the 6th grade girls at Attucks Middle School. The kits will include a variety of regular and reusable sanitary pads, junior-sized period underwear, panty liners and feminine wipes, and they will be delivered to school in October. Read on to learn how you can support this initiative.
“Meeting the hygiene needs of all adolescent girls is a fundamental issue of human rights, dignity, and public health.” – Sanjay Wijesekera, former UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Help us gather the supplies needed to create period preparedness kits for 6th grade girls at Attucks Middle School. Purchase directly from the list linked below or buy them locally and drop in a designated donation box at SheSpace.
Make a tax-deductible donation to help Impact100 Houston purchase supplies for period preparedness kits and/or provide additional sanitary products to the school nurse for any girls who need them.
**Members Only.** On the evening of October 21, join a small group to compile the supplies into period preparedness kits.
Write positive affirmations to accompany the hygiene products in each kit, reminding young women at Forest Brook Middle School that menstruation is a natural part of female life and that Impact100 Houston and HISD are invested in their health and well-being. (Mail to Impact100 Houston, 2726 Bissonnet Street, Ste. 240-434, Houston, TX 77005) View suggested quotes and affirmations here.