“It’s a problem that needed to be solved.”
Dr. Charmaine Baker is more than just a board member of The Joseph School, she’s an advocate for girl’s equality across the world.
Days for Girls (DfG) is a nonprofit organization that increases access to menstrual care and education for women and girls around the globe. Their mission is to reclaim the days young girls miss due to their period. Many young girls don’t have access to menstrual products and therefore miss days of school due to their period, leading to lower classroom performance.
Dr. Baker became involved with DfG after hearing that some of TJS’s older female students were beginning to transition to adulthood. She saw the missions of DfG and TJS paired hand in hand, and was determined to make the connection.
Dr. Baker became an ambassador for health education for girls. She partnered with DfG to attend their teaching module, which discuses sex-ed, self-defense and personal hygiene.
During her learning modules, Dr. Baker’s 14-year-old daughter Joy, found a similar passion for this mission. Joy wanted to help other girls her age to have access to the menstrual products many take for granted.
Joy created a GoFundme campaign to raise money to purchase kits for students at The Joseph School. A kit from Days for Girls includes 2 waterproof shields, 4 reusable liners, underwear, and soap in a portable drawstring bag. The reusable liners are bright and colorful materials, which make them easy to wash and rinse without any stigma.
Joy’s campaign was a major success and she was able to provide 100 kits for girls at TJS. But she’s not stopping there. After the recent devastations in Haiti, the need for reusable period products is greater than ever. Joy has just started another GoFundme. The Joseph School has always worked to provide access to education for students in Haiti, and thanks to the work of Dr. Baker and Joy, it now has the opportunity to support it’s students inside and outside the classroom- ensuring every TJS student has an equal opportunity to learn and grow.
You can learn more about the mission of Days for Girls at daysforgirls.org