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from always.com

The problems faced by many of the girls in Southern Africa are numerous.

Many of their communities lack basic necessities we take for granted: clean water, regular access to food, adequate shelter and access to healthcare – the list goes on and on. What’s more, HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria have ravaged this part of the world, leaving many children sick and/or orphaned.

For these orphans and vulnerable children, schools end up playing a far greater role than just academic learning. They serve as community resources where children can receive basic care and services, such as food programs, clean water and counseling. This is the main reason why Tampax and Always partnered with HERO.

HERO is a campaign of the United Nations Association of the USA that works with local partner organizations to provide comprehensive school-based support to those who need it most.

For these children, life can be incredibly challenging. But there is hope, and there is a solution. Together with HERO, Tampax and Always, you can help change a child’s future.

What if you couldn’t go to school when you had your period? As amazing as it may seem in the 21st century, that’s the reality for some girls in Southern Africa. That’s because they don’t have access to something many of us take for granted: feminine protection.

Helping girls stay in school is critical. An education gives them a future. It helps build better lives – not just for them, but for their families and their communities.

Tampax and Always are doing something to help protect those girls’ futures. In partnership with the United Nations Association of the USA’s HERO campaign, we established the Protecting Futures program.

Your purchase of Tampax or Always helps donate $1.4 million through 2008 to the United Nations Association’s HERO campaign to help provide feminine protection and education to girls in Southern Africa. That money will be used to provide health, hygiene and puberty education. It’s also going into building classrooms, toilets, wash stations and dorms. And it’s being used to provide the students with meals and clean water. In addition, they’ll be providing pads to these girls to help them not miss school when they get their period.

Support the Protecting You Protecting Futures Cause at protectingfutures.com
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By Crystal Renaud

Crystal Renaud is the Founder & Executive Director of WHOLE Women Ministries whose projects include Dirty Girls Ministries and WHOLE Women’s Conference. She is also the author of Dirty Girls Come Clean (Moody Publishers), a speaker and student who lives in the Kansas City area. Follow @crystalrenaud on Twitter and visit her website for info on coaching and speaking at http://crystalrenaud.com.

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