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Days for Girls in Conecciones

Days for Girls in Conecciones Magazine

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“Are girls too young to...”.

The Lake Chapala Society’s monthly publication Conecciones published a moving article in their October issue written by Hana.  Hana has been our Menstrual Health Ambassador since we began our local Team here at Lake Chapala in late 2016.  Read about her perspective on shattering stigmas and empowering girls.
 
(Download the magazine at the bottom of the page for easier reading.)
 
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Menstrual Cups Added to our Program

Menstrual Cups Added to our Program

We have received two grants  from St. Andrew’s Anglican Church to purchase menstrual cups as an experimental pilot program.  A menstrual cup is a small, flexible, funnel-shaped cup made out of surgical grade silicone.  It is inserted into the vagina to collect, rather than absorb, menstrual fluid.  Menstrual cups overall are a much healthier option for a woman’s body than using disposable pads or tampons. 

We targeted girls ages 16 and up in high schools and young, working mothers.  Upon completion of the education sessions, participants were allowed to choose between our two sustainable menstrual management options.  About 50% chose cups and 50% chose the hand-sewn washable pads and shields.  During the six-month pilot program, an average of 20 cups monthly were distributed in six lakeside communities:  Jocotepec, El Molino, San Pedro Itzican, San Pedro Tesislan, San Cristobal, and Chapala.  

We will continue to provide the option of kits containing menstrual cups when it is age-appropriate.  Although the cups are a more expensive sustainable menstrual management method than the washable pads, the cups last up to 12 years, making them a great cost-effective alternative in the long-run for our DFG program participants, in addition to their health and wellness benefits.  

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New Ambassador Joins Hana

New Ambassador Joins Hana

Please join us in welcoming Elena Ceballos, our new Menstrual Health Ambassador.  Elena has completed her on-line training with Days for Girls International and will assist Hana by conducting additional Fluye Educational programs with classes of girls in lakeside schools.
 
Elena shadowed Hana in a community-based Fluye in Zapotitan and in the high school Fluye in Jocotepec during August and will begin her solo classes in September at San Pedro Itzican secundaria and José Vasconcelos secundaria in Chapala. 
 
She will work on a part-time basis and lead one Fluye session each month until the end of the year.  The addition of Elena will help our team to reach even more girls and to provide more Fluye programs.  We are excited to expand our services with the addition of a second professional educator. 
 
Elena has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and school principal in Mexico City.  She completed her Masters Degree in Sexual Education in 2015.   Elena has a great interest in discovering the needs of the younger generation and exploring ways of connecting with them.  Elena’s teaching abilities and professional experience make her a natural facilitator for our DFG program.  
 
Elena said this about joining our Team:  “What I have learned in my own professional practice is that sexual education is one of the main subjects that will make a change in people’s lives. They will make better decisions, they will know and respect their bodies, have healthy and better relations and understand the flexibility of roles. 
After learning about Days for Girls Lake Chapala and seeing the work that the team is doing, I see that we now have the opportunity to help young girls make better choices, thereby allowing them as they mature to have a more safe, mindful and enriched sex life.  I am convinced that with menstrual management and sexual education DFGLC is helping girls gain control over their own lives.  It is unmistakable that these tools serve not only them, but our society in general.
 
I’m grateful and eager to work in this beautiful and powerful organization.”