Gracie Love | Stones Detroit June 12, 2013
I don’t know about you but I hate getting my monthly visit from Aunt Flo. I have had good months and some really bad months. Having a period living in a Western Culture is easy, and all in all most accommodating. We have access to every type of sanitary napkins under the sun. Tampon, pads, and medicine to ease the cramps that can be at time debilitating for some of the girls and women. A lot of time from work and school is lost to having a period. Having a period can be stigmatized, and certainly a pot shot is made at least once in a life time to a girl who seems to be bitchy.
Have you ever secretly wondered how the girls and women of underdeveloped countries take care of this monthly horror show? These girls and women in underdeveloped countries, how do they do it? What happens every single month when their period shows up, announced or unannounced? What about PMS? How are they handling the painful, sometimes crushingly pain of their monthly cycle?
I know that ever since I was a young girl I secretly wondered what it was like for them, after all it was horrendous for me every month. Until now, I had no idea how I could help.
The show The Doctors featured sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross, and she introduced CrankyFest and Huru International. This is what followed.
Move over Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca — There’s a new film festival hitting the market. CrankyFest is an online contest for short films about an issue that only women experience: the period. CrankyFest hopes to raise awareness on how menstruation affects women physically and emotionally, while at the same time, change the stigma surrounding that often-taboo time of the month.
All funds raised from the film festival go to Huru International, a humanitarian organization operating in Kenya that provides sustainable period packs to women and girls in need. A study conducted by the Girl Child Network found that for girls and young women living in the slums and villages of Kenya, basic necessities like sanitary pads are luxury items, forcing many girls to use crude and unhealthy substitutes. In addition, a large number of girls are reported to miss school every time they have their period.
Since its founding in 2008, Huru International has distributed their Huru Kits to more than 75,000 girls in all eight provinces of Kenya. Each Huru Kit contains reusable sanitary pads, life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention information, as well as information and resources essential for maintaining sexual and reproductive health. Huru Kits are environmentally friendly and locally produced, creating new jobs in Kenyan communities. Huru hopes to bring their solution beyond the borders of Kenya to keep at-risk girls in school, create local jobs in underserved areas and combat disease throughout the developing world. Also, our environmentally-friendly, HURU Kits are made locally, sustainably produced, which provides new jobs for women and men in the community. Every HURU Kit we distribute keeps a girl from missing school. Continuing her education dramatically reduces her chances of contracting HIV, being forced into unwanted sex or prostitution or facing poverty as an adult. Girls who receive free HURU Kits become our biggest advocates. They spread the word to friends, relatives and classmates.
Now, I know you are wondering ‘how in the world can someone make a sanitary napkin sustainable, reusable?’ Back many, many moons ago, women made all of their sanitary napkins. If you would like the History here is the Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitary_napkin.
And this link on how to make your own. http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2010/08/homemade-mama-cloth-menstrual-pads.html
To be frank here, when my daughter first started using this form of napkin I was a bit grossed out; well a lot grossed out. Then she started telling me all about all of the chemical processes that have to take place in order for the napkin to be made. (I always wondered what the cause of TSS really was, and now I know). There is so many bad things in there that I cannot list them all. I suggest that you StartPage.com your search ASAP.
PMS is another dis-ease that women suffer from monthly. Do those gals have Motrin or Presym? A hot pack or a sugary treat? I know that when my girls were growing into this passage, they, at times were inconsolable. If it were not for a heating pad and some chocolate I do not think they, or me for that matter, would have made it. Seriously! My girls missed a lot of time from school from their periods and one of them would suffer greatly with migraines at the same time. Can you imagine a house with THREE ladies having a period simultaneously! It was hell at times!
So, now you are asking why I am reading this post. Or what can I do to help? Well, I was thinking that you should offer up your own story, poem, song, or short movie about your period. Here are the guidelines: http://www.crankyfest.com/p/guidelines/
You can watch some of the other videos. I did, and I know that our Detroit Fans can come up with something really great.
I hope that this has been informative and helpful. Please consider making a onetime gift pack to http://www.huruinternational.org.
Be Blessed and Be A Blessing!