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So what does MHM mean?  Anyone? Anyone? No? Well it stands for Menstruation Hygiene Management.  This is how our informative, confident speaker, Manon Mitchell, began her talk to us this past Monday.  The MHM Program provides fact based instruction, that does not tread on the toes of cultural norms, but that does reach over a million girls and women - so far - and helps them remain in school, and more importantly, helps them live full lives.  

Sadly millions of girls and women lose upwards of 3000 days of their lives, which is just over eight years, because they have no access to hygiene products.  Some sit on cardboard and some on buckets, some hide in forests and caves, and some have been isolated from their villages and safety. Clearly they miss one week out of every four weeks of school.  Trying to succeed on 75% of instruction time, at best, is too much for most and they drop out of school, just as their mothers did and just as their girl children will if the trend isn’t stopped.

And for just over a million girls and women, the trend has stopped.

How is it done?  The answer lies in the palm of your hand.

 

It all starts with a DfG POD (Portable Object of Dignity), the basic unit Days for Girls Kit.  PODs contain 1 waterproof shield and 2 absorbent liners. PODs are the seed for Micro-Enterprises, because they can be sold at an affordable price point, and women can add components in the future.  Because DfG Kits last years, this is a timeline that works for many women. Days for Girls prioritizes using locally-available materials whenever possible.

Days for girls is an educational program that encompasses many topics.  The initiative has also added a “Men Who Know” course.

Get more information on line by googling Days for Girls.rg

 
 
Rotary Club of Calgary North's 2018-2019 YEX Student from France has arrived and our 2017-2018 YEX Student is settling back in in Sardinia.
 
This Stefan on his first day in Calgary attempting to get a view of downtown Calgary.  Unfortunately, it was still a tad smokey at that time.   The other picture is Michele back home and purchasing a suit for his sister's wedding.
 
                                                                                    
 
Watch this space for more information on Stefan, his background and his time in Canada and news from YEX alumni.
 

Latest INDUCTION

August 20th was an induction day: Paula Lee, Marketing and Advertising Director for Bentall Kennedy and the delightful speaker who introduced us to the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association project that will result in a renovated mail family-hearth room, is our newest member.  

WELCOME PAULA LEE!
                  
  
The Hanover Educational Institute in Western Jamaica resides in the parish of Hanover, where a population of 70,000, has a illiteracy rate of 35%.  Furthermore, Hanover is ranked #4 out of 13 parishes with the highest rate of persons getting infected  by HIV even though there is vigorous on-going outreach program in the communities.  As if that weren't difficult enough, Hanover is ranked #2 behind St. James as the Parish with the highest number of young men involved in scamming. Young men are dropping out of high schools as they see this activity as the way out of poverty. 
 
 
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