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May 13, 2019

Distributing Dignity, Period.

For young girls, life can lead to difficulties as they mature into puberty and start their periods: all of a sudden, the need to afford menstrual hygiene supplies adds an extra burden to the situation.

There, unfortunately, is a negative stigma around menstruation, and not having adequate supplies can make a young woman feel embarrassed or anxious about leaking. It can also cause young girls to opt to skip school.

For example, Hanna often missed school entirely, using toilet paper as a substitute for pads because she felt too guilty to ask her mom for money for pads.

Period supplies, like diapers, are an often overlooked necessity that people living in poverty struggle to afford. In Puerto Rico, nearly half of the population nationwide is living at or below the recognized poverty level – yet the programs are not in place to ensure adequate supply. Period products cannot be obtained with SNAP or WIC benefits, and many people simply do not think of the need when making in-kind donations to local organizations.

The need is ongoing, every month a woman living in poverty is faced with difficult decisions on how to spend a limited income. Meeting her basic need for period supplies can help restore her dignity and confidence as she lifts herself out of poverty.

With period supplies available, she can have the confidence to go to school, work, sports, and so on — without feeling anxious or embarrassed.

Thanks for distributing dignity in Puerto Rico! 

~ Stephanie

May 13, 2019

Thanks for helping Big!

It’s a joy to introduce you to Big, one of the many babies we’re blessed to serve at our Diaper Drop Real Hope for Haiti. Thanks to you, Big and the other children at Real Hope for Haiti have an ample supply of diapers to stay clean, dry, and healthy.

Big’s mom died when he was 2 months old.  After his mom died he was being cared for by his grandma.  The dad had just been to visit him twice since the mom died. When his Dad visited him last summer, he was doing well. When he visited him again a month or so later, he found that Big was very sick. They decided that he needed to go to a hospital quickly, and Big and his dad traveled 4 hours by motorcycle and taxi to arrive at the clinic at Real Hope for Haiti. He was 10 months old and weighed 11 pounds when admitted. Over the past few months, Big has been staying in the Rescue Center, being treated for malnutrition. We’re excited to share that Big has now graduated from the Medika Mamba program, which means he has overcome his malnutrition. The picture above shows him now at graduation! What a happy, healthy little guy Big is! 

Thanks for helping Big! 

~ Stephanie

Apr 8, 2019

Diapers Empowering Teen Moms out of Poverty

From the beginning, Jake’s Diapers has leveraged partnerships with established organizations already serving people in need. It’s made it possible to easily connect with populations living in poverty, and create a wide-reaching impact around the world.

It’s also a source of inspiration, to realize the stories that come from the ripple effects our partnerships are creating.

HEAL Ministries in Uganda is one of our Diaper Drop partners. The organization’s aim is to “empower vulnerable, abandoned women and children in Christ-centered programs that teach sustainability and family preservation,” according to its website

Here’s an example of the lives they are saving, as summarized from HEAL’s website:

Imagine a 14-year-old mom kicked out of her family and village. She wants to end life because she is pregnant from rape but doesn’t. She chooses hope and family and love. That same 16-year-old, two years later, skips joyfully through HEAL’s gates with her 2-year-old child to drop her off in childcare, because she has to hurry off to High School — choosing education and hope.

HEAL Ministries considers this a success, and we do, too, thanks to your generous support. With diapers, her child can attend childcare, and she can attend school. 

Thank you for making moments like this possible. 

~ Stephanie

 
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