Change the Cycle
A Peacemaking Project by Molly C.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Our project will address the stigma that is associated with menstrual periods as well as the difficulties that homeless individuals face while on their periods.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of homeless individuals having limited access to affordable and free sanitary products
we will address The unjust tax of sanitary products and the stigma that is associated with individuals' periods
by Creating care packages with sanitary products to give out to homeless individuals in Wilmington, Delaware and by starting a conversation about periods with people in the community.
Our Project Plan:
- To donate 100 boxes of sanitary products, with personal messages to St. Patrick's Center in Wilmington, DE by May 21st
- Start a discussion about menstruation in hopes of normalizing and eliminating the stigma that surrounds periods (planning to launch fall of 2018 in our school and community)
We will increase my / our compassion by...
trying to put ourselves in their shoes in order to better understand the struggles that homeless people with periods face. Also, we will honor the advice given to us by Sr. Catherine at St. Patrick's Center.
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by not giving up when facing adversity. Also, we will show courage by not being ashamed or afraid to talk about menstruation, a topic that is highly stigmatized and rarely talked about in our society.
How will you collaborate with others?
We interviewed a woman working at a local homeless shelter in order to better understand what homeless and people living in poverty face while on their period. Also, we will involve our school in seeking donations of products.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
People at our school will contribute to our cause and once we donate the boxes of sanitary products to the homeless shelter, if there is a high demand for more supplies we will know that our efforts were greatly appreciated.
- Talk to our administrators about holding a drive for pads and tampons
- Once approved we will present to the school about our project
- We will place boxes around the school to collect the sanitary products
- We will write personal, handwritten notes to attach to each package
- Hand deliver the collected products to St. Patrick's Center by May 21st
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
This project helped my team and I realize that this is not a surface level issue. SO MANY people struggle to deal with their periods because of a lack of access to resources, something that I often take for granted. We also were better able to understand that not only do homeless individuals struggle with their periods, but so do those who are incarcerated.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
So far certain individuals in our community have been positively affected by our project in physical ways as we were able to donate menstruation products to our local homeless shelter. We would like to continue to help our community by having deep discussions in order to de-stigmatize periods.
How many people were impacted by your project?
Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?
We donated 100 boxes of pads and tampons to our St. Patrick's Center so I estimated that about 100 people benefited from our donation.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
We spoke to Sister Catherine, one of the coordinators at St. Patrick's Center, and she shared some stories about the people who benefit from the services provided at St. Pat's. She also shared about the lack of knowledge many employees had of the needs during a period.
What did your team learn?
We learned about the hardships that people go through in order to deal with their periods. We also learned that a little bit of effort can go a long way.
What challenges did your team overcome?
In the middle of our project our team completely changed what were going to do. After going to the shelter we learned that the needs were different than what we thought. Instead of donating care package type things we decided to donate entire boxes of pads and tampons.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
We got our entire school involved by hosting a product drive. Many people participated and helped us to achieve our goal.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
Give it your all. If you have a good work ethic and a good team you can achieve your goals. Also, choose a project you feel passionate about. If you don't feel passionate about your project you will probably lose interest and lack the drive needed to complete the project.