Girl Scouts of Central Texas: Menstrual Hygiene in Bolivia, 2018.
When Devika Kumar won the National Young Women of Distinction Award in 2017, she was one of ten young women to be recognized nationally for her Girl Scout Gold Award and the only girl to target menstrual hygiene in a different country. This year, another Girl Scout from Central Texas has decided to target the gap in menstrual hygiene knowledge in the country of Bolivia, and also won the title of National Gold Award Girl Scout in the process. Sarah Mercado, an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, also recognized the global issue of young girls lacking menstrual resources to continue their education and pursue their goals. Many low-income families cannot afford menstrual pads, which leaves many girls without options. Sarah held workshops in the low-income parts of Santa Cruz, Bolivia where she taught women how to repurpose old fabric and sew them into washable menstrual pads. She would like to share a lesson she learned: “[Don’t] underestimate the impact of one individual, and allow [yourself] to be inspired by others.” Keep up the good work Sarah!
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