Remember the Ladies

In addition to learning about the enrollment and hunger issues at Wunlang School, Franco remembered our older girl students, some of whom are going to school for the first time: “I bought always from US with my money for 100 girls, so girls will be OK in next 3 months. You can not imagine that some girls has no underwear. Yel {Maduok Ngor, our field manager) will cover that with school materials, at least one underwear for each girl and until when I get backYour blogger asked Franco if girls missed school when they didn’t have Always sanitary pads (a favorite brand, and often referred to euphemistically by its brand name), and whether they could get any locally. As you can see from the bag, these pads came from CVS. He replied: “Girls miss school when they don’t have pads. Many girls in Wunlang School do not have underwears too. The closest markets to buy pads are in Aweil market or Wanyjok market. This year we have 84 girls who need pads, but next year the numbers will increase. . . . It is time now for someone to have a store to sell pads in Wunlang.” Relying on visitors to bring them is not a sustainable plan. In our model of encouraging local enterprise, we hope to encourage an entrepreneur to open such a business It’s realistic to expect that a local retailer can get a supply — they’re made in China, and the pipeline of goods from China to Africa is wide open. Here’s hoping we can encourage, through sometime simple like pads, even more education and opportunity in a remote part of South Sudan.