Posted by Gary O'Rielly on Jul 12, 2022
Carol Hendricks was our guest speaker on Friday, July 8th updating our Club on the RI Foundation grant to Days for Girls which started in 2008 by Founder and CEO Celeste Mergens. Carol was with us in 2019.  She has made 14 trips to Eswatini for Days for Girls. The republic of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) is a landlocked country in southern Africa bordering South Africa and Mozambique. It has a population of 1.2 million people.
The group started applying for Rotary International Foundation Grants in 2019 and was awarded $107,000 from RI. They are assisted by two Rotary Clubs in the area. In February, a grant of $20,500 was provided Days for Girls, which our Club was a participant in the amount of $1,250. The purpose of the grant was to establish hand washing stations which cost about $1,000 each so our contribution bought a hand washing station. 
A plan was developed to provide young girls with Days for Girls menstrual kits. These young girls were never given proper instructions on how to use products to take care of their menstrual cycle. Days for Girls advances menstrual equity, health, dignity, and the opportunity to transform periods into pathways. Since 2008, Days for Girls has reached more than 2.5 million women and girls in 145 countries with period products and health education to help them have a brighter, more informed life cycle as young women and girls.