Our first meeting was right after the horrific earthquake that nearly destroyed Haiti. To Love A Child was getting ready to travel there to deliver goods and services to some of the hardest to reach people who were left homeless and hopeless following the tragedy. Cindy told me about the girls and women who were left with barely the clothes on their backs and the most primitive of living conditions. Still, there were girls who were so eager to attend school and try to better their lives that they would rummage through garbage bags looking for cast off clothing and toiletries so that they would be "properly attired" for school. Menstruating girls would use plastic trash bags as undergarments. Clean underwear and hygiene products were not an option. For women, as well, this was a serious problem. As girls develop (as early as 8 or 9) in these countries, they have no appropriate way to cover their bodies and become easy targets, therefore, for rape, mutilation, and infection. Post-earthquake Haiti, in particular, is a ripe climate for rape. According to recent statistics, the incidents of rape in this country alone have tripled since January 2010. The girls and women of Haiti and Zimbabwe suffer day in and day out from the consequences of social, economic, and environmental disasters beyond their control. Our goal is to assist them in creating sustainable communities, giving the most vulnerable population, women and children, the hope for a bright future. At the top of their list of needs is SAFETY. We want to help girls own their own bodies, everywhere. Girls and women need undergarments to help conceal their bodies as they see fit. Unfortunately, there is a lack of undergarments being donated and made available in these countries.
Together, we know we can make a difference in the lives of girls and women in Haiti and Zimbabwe. Please join us in this effort—make a donation today!