“We had to let them use us,” they said.
Celeste’s mind raced. What did they mean?
She feared the worst. The girls confirmed that they were being sexually exploited for access to feminine hygiene products.
The girls were ecstatic receiving their first reusable pads.
Celeste Mergens is the founder of Days for Girls, a nonprofit that provides washable, reusable sanitary pads to girls in the developing world.
Celeste says, “If you are sitting on a pile of leaves [for lack of a pad] how can you believe you have as much to contribute to your community as anyone else and that your voice counts?”
She’s learned that 2.6 million girls are not attending school in Kenya alone. Providing sanitary pads keeps girls in school and breaks cycles of poverty—in addition to reducing gender-based violence.
Having already reached 300,000 girls in 101 countries, her “audacious” goal is to reach every woman and girl in the world by 2022.
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