The organizers of 50 Cents. Period., a group that raises money to help girls and young women in developing nations, sent Patch this press release the other day:
On Saturday, October 22, , an event organized by the Decatur-based nonprofit 50 Cents. Period., involved the participation of 39 to raise a total of $7,754.49, with donations still coming in.
The funds will be used to further the mission of by providing sanitary products, clean water and facilities, where needed, and reproductive health education to young women who would otherwise miss a week of school a month during menstruation for lack of funds.
The cost of these sanitary supplies at two pilot schools in Hyderabad, India, is just 50 cents a month per girl.
Founded in February 2011 by a small group of women in Decatur, the organization has already begun supplying products to girls in India and Nepal, as well as clean water at the schools in Hyderabad. Funds raised through Turn DecatuRED will be used to expand services for girls in India, Nepal, Uganda and the refugee community of Atlanta.
“I am so proud to be part of such a caring, dynamic business community,” said Ann VanSlyke of Mingei World Arts and a founder of 50 Cents. Period. “Turn DecatuRED was designed to be a true win-win for both the businesses and for 50 Cents. Period. The actual event exceeded our hopes, with so many businesses participating and with shoppers and diners telling us throughout the day that they were specifically patronizing the businesses on our list because they so appreciated the cause.”
She continued: “The success of the day highlights Decatur as an exceptionally diverse and engaged community that recognizes we are really one world, interconnected in so many ways. With these connections, it has never been easier to identify and meet a need. Attending to basic needs regarding menstruation can ultimately mean helping lift a girl and her family out of poverty, whether in Clarkston, Georgia, or Hyderabad, India.”
For more information about 50 Cents. Period, please visit www.50centsperiod.org