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Some Final Thoughts for Friday

Mary Schmidt

Nov 20, 2015

Heads Up: Today, I’m talking about a personal passion instead of biz, We all can make a difference in small ways. Those small ways add up to big change.  So, I’m resuming my Friday “Do Good. Do Well” posts. Each Friday I’m going to post ideas about how we can all listen to our better angels, counter the fear, stop the toxic silliness…make a difference!

The past week we’ve seen an appalling outpouring of (and pandering to) fear, loathing and downright hysteria. And,many of us despair about making a difference.  But here’s the thing. The world has always been a bad, sad, terrible place. It’s also always been a place of miracles and marvels and great wonder. It’s up to us which world we choose to live in. 

This week I’m pointing you to Women To Be. I’m honored to be working with them to make a difference in girls’ lives in the refugee camps of Nepal.

Women and girls around the world live without feminine hygiene products and underwear.  This is the girl reality for women and girls in refugee camps in Nepal.  A dear friend knows, because she grew up there.  Nepal is where we delivered 380 “kits” containing underwear and washable, reusable sanitary pads last year.  These kits were designed by Days for Girls and last up to three years!

For April, 2016, we’re focusing on the Kingdom of Mustang also in Nepal.  Our goal is to deliver 1000 “kits” to women and girls who live in this remote Himalayan Shangri La.  The Prince of the Kingdom and the Lama of the region are in full support.

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Women To Be founder Christine with some of the young women she’s helped. Note the cool “designer” bags. Those are the feminine hygiene kits. Each kit contains reusable pads (that lasts up to three years) and snap-on pad holder, underwear, a washcloth, ziploc bags, and soap. The girls proudly carry them because it’s one pretty thing they have. If you’d like to help—a kit costs about $14 to produce.

Without pads:
~Women and girls can contract chronic and painful infections
~Girls miss school and women are limited in their ability to work and care for their families.
~When a girl misses school, she often drops out, gets married regardless of age, has more babies, and lives a life of dependence.

Women to Be is now:  Organizing people fabricate “kits” that contain pads, underwear and cleaning methods; Delivering these kits to the women;They are good for three years and there is nothing to throw away. Beginning the conversation on sex, pregnancy, and domestic violence.

What you can do is donate money, make introductions to people and businesses willing to help, and Like and Share us on Facebook.  Or sew kits!  We can teach you how. Thank you for joining Women To Be in accomplishing powerful freedoms in small things.

And if you’re in the Albuquerque, northern NM area, and would like to help with our first fundraiser party,drop me a line.  It’ll be Saturday, February 20 at the beautiful building of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. There’ll be a unique silent uction, an interesting raffle, music and more. We’ll be selling tickets soon.

In Do Good. Do Well.


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