The Pineapple Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the capacity building and inter-connectedness of women and girls, has launched Project HeyFlow! – an initiative that seeks to combat period poverty among underprivileged women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago.
Period poverty refers to a lack of access to menstrual products, sanitation facilities and adequate education. An estimated 500 million women and girls worldwide are affected by this issue.
In a media release the foundation said, “We want these women and girls to feel comfortable, prepared and less stressed when thinking about this natural process of womanhood and for them to say an emphatic ‘hey!’ to their flow without having to consider funds to purchase feminine hygiene products.”
The foundation has already donated products to three secondary schools – East Mucurapo, Success/Laventille and Signal Hill Secondary Schools. The hygiene products will be placed in guidance counsellors’ and deans’ offices so that girls can discreetly acquire them.
Non-school aged women can also benefit from this initiative through a hotline that will be set up so women in need can contact the foundation seeking support.
“The foundation has also started donation drives that will fuel this project. The first donation drive took place at Viewport Supermarket, Scarborough which was quite a success. They will be at locations in Trinidad soon,” the release said.
Anyone wishing to donate products or funds to this initiative or if you need products, contact the Pineapple Foundation at @pineapplefoundationtt on Facebook or Instagram, or call 721-4520/291-0362.