On a trip to distribute sanitary pads as part of Zana Africa’s outreach to young girls in Kibera, I was blown away to see how such little things could make such a huge impact.

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About the Author: Christine Sullivan was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2009. She graduated in 2009 from Taylor University with a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts. She loves finding beauty in the unseen and overlooked and is passionate about bringing stories of injustice to light.

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  1. Curtis Honeycutt said... 

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    July 11th, 2009 at 9:04 am  

    Christine, once again you do a phenomenal job of telling a story through stunning pictures. These are great.

  2. Rob Yonan said... 

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    July 11th, 2009 at 11:26 am  

    Incredible dignity expressed by caring for such a basic need for these young women. I would have never imagined something so simple was having such an impact. Thank you for shining a spotlight in the darkness.

  3. Jo Nading said... 

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    July 12th, 2009 at 10:28 pm  

    what a twisted and ironic situation. Imagine – I am woman – I have what men want…so I must give it away so that I can have an education to get what men have that I want….so that I don’t have to give away what I have that men want…anymore. Yep – that’s kinda hard to follow, I know. Isn’t that the absurdity of injustice? In our country we pray for our children to hold onto their purity – and our girls would often love to skip school and swimming in gym because they are being a woman.

    Ugh – it just makes my heart and mind go crazy. Christine, you have truly opened my eyes – I had no idea the lengths and depths these girls and young women stoop to get the money needed to buy sanitary supplies…..just to go to school…and I do not say “just” in a light-hearted manner. I understand that school is their ticket out of Kibera….God willing.

    I can’t think of a single girl or woman I know who was excited to get sanitary pads. I do now though, and thank you, thank you Christine. It must have warmed and truly tugged on your heart to see the smiles, feel the swell of dignity and pride, and for your shy friend to feel safe and cared for and loved and …equal so that she could share with you. Oh my gosh – that picture is priceless.

    as i continue to just sit here and try to find words to wrap around emotions and thoughts….I just can’t. I can only (for now) thank God for servants like you Christine and for ZanaA.

    many blessings to you – and shouts of celebration for those girls…

  4. Dave Quigley said... 

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    July 28th, 2009 at 8:36 am  

    Thanks Christine for the insights. I wish that the demands of cheap, locally manufactured, and biodegradable for the pads were not so onerous, so that they could be avaialble to all. I pray that others, including churches and government, will see the impact of a group like ZanaA provides by loving well and accurately the young ladies of Kenya!

  5. Shem Odhiambo said... 

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    August 11th, 2009 at 1:30 pm  

    Its incredible how the faces in the pictures are so bright and hopeful even with their modest living conditions in the background… Thanks Christine for sharing these with us; and thanks ZanaA for being these children’s miracle…

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