When ECHOES Board Member Leslie Roy heard that Ugandan girls miss up to a week of school during their monthly periods because they lack sanitary supplies, she sprang into action. She raised funds, bought fabric and supplies, and enlisted a small army of volunteers over the past year to help create sustainable, hygiene kits (designed by Days for Girls International) for girls at our partner schools.
In September, Leslie, along with ECHOES advisory board member Cissy Claypool and ECHOES friend Kim Marren, traveled to Uganda carrying 515 kits in ten suitcases. The trio distributed the kits to girls at Trinity Children's Centre and Centenary High School and to women at Double Cure Medical Centre.
To say the kits were well received would be an understatement. Kudos to Leslie and her team for taking a simple, smart idea, Project Ensonga, and running with it!