From health education to organic farming, we're partnering with women and girls where they need it most.
The Organic Valley
Our organization began with the sponsorship of an organic valley in Chamrengbesi, a rural village outside of Kathmandu, accessible only by rough, winding, and dangerous roads. Nutrition originally consisted of chicken, potato, and eggs, supplemented with store-bought rice.
Following training in organic farming, greenhouse construction, and seed saving, there are more than a dozen types of fresh produce, including greens, broccoli, and peas, growing right in their community. Ten years and a devastating earthquake later, this program is self-sustainable and continues to grow.
Mahila Eco-Sanitary Program
Last year, in the midst of the recovery from the massive earthquake in 2015, our partner Sabita voiced the need for feminine health and hygiene education. Through partnership with her students at Kathmandu University, a model already employed at our flagship hygiene program in Haiti (see below) was implemented that year.
Women are now being trained and employed to create sanitary pads from locally sourced materials, while receiving health and hygiene education that is shattering taboos in their communities.
THE “PAD PROJECT” & HYGIENE EDUCATION
We partnered with Haiti Projects in Fond des Blancs, Haiti in 2014. Rural women lacked basic understanding of their menstrual cycle. Many women had to choose between spending a full month’s salary on disposable sanitary pads or using old t-shirts. As Haiti Projects has both a sewing cooperative and a local clinic, they were the perfect partner to launch what is now referred to as the “pad project."
Women in Haiti Project’s Artisanat sew washable, reusable sanitary pads. Ms. Joseph and Ms. Berette, nurses in Haiti Project’s clinic, travel to rural communities to conduct hygiene education and distribute sanitary pads. This partnership with Haiti Projects has resulted in the education of over 251 women in menstrual health and the distribution of over 172 sanitary pads as of February 2017.
Haiti Project’s Artisanat employees earn three times the minimum wage in Haiti, where the unemployment rate of women is nearing 80%. This empowers women to acquire livestock to feed their families, send their children to school, and improve their lives in ways that they choose.