[Health] Fwd: [learningfromeachother] Re: [holistichelping] Sanitary wear for school girls in Zimbabwe/similar project in Kenya (Cathy Stubington)/Masimba: Mexico!!

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 02:08:18 EDT 2008

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Benoit Couture <benoitctr at yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM
Subject: [learningfromeachother] Re: [holistichelping] Sanitary wear
for school girls in Zimbabwe/similar project in Kenya (Cathy
Stubington)/Masimba: Mexico!!
To: holistichelping at yahoogroups.com
Cc: learningfromeachother at yahoogroups.com,
fightingpeacefully at yahoogroups.com, mendenyo at yahoogroups.com

Salut Cathy and all,

I suggested earlier the example of Pampers diapers giving one dollar
per each package sale to the cause of vaccination in Africa (see

It was brought to my attention that Always pads also have such a
program already in place in Africa:


Might there might be a way for various groups of Minciu Sodas to build
the momentun of "Pads for Peace" in a consortium of various

The central state of such consortium would have to be a life
apprenticeship approach that eliminates the ignorance, distance and
taboos that exist between the 2 genders, by setting up ways for
families and communities to overcome and to prevent the indifference
of such socio-cultural perpetuations.

"Pads for Peace" could become the thought that feeds many images,
fostering an all-encompassing quest for home, from the eldest to the
youngest of the community and from the youngest to all who wish to
embrace life with all the warmth, sanctity, dignity of healthy,
natural and simple intimacy of being human.

As signs out Paul MacCartney and Micheal Jackson together on the song
"Ibany and Ivory":

"...learn to give each other what we need to survive, together alive..."

...meaning that there is more to being alive than survival!

It is also easy to imgine the feasts of minds that the promotional
teams of "Always" could get into, if the thought of such a consortium
was to arouse them!

...peace always be with us all...


--- On Fri, 7/18/08, cathy stubington <cathys at uniserve.com> wrote:

From: cathy stubington <cathys at uniserve.com>
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Sanitary wear for school girls in
Zimbabwe/similar project in Kenya (Cathy Stubington)/Masimba: Mexico!!
To: holistichelping at yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, July 18, 2008, 6:47 AM

Yes we have been working on this issue of sanitary pads, mostly on a
village-to-village basis.  Our project is in Akonjo (Nyanza) Kenya.
  This week I am very busy but I will write next week about it.
Yours Cathy S
Enderby B.C. Canada

----- Original Message -----
From: Benoit Couture
To: holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Sanitary wear for school girls in
Zimbabwe/similar project in Kenya (Cathy Stubington)/ Masimba:

Salut everyone,

Janet wrote:

"One thing that we have discovered in this work: the local manufacture of
pads is crucial in the long run for sustainability. "

I find myself watching A LOT of tv these days and there is a
commercial that comes on from Pampers, the diapper manufacturers and
for each package that they sell, they make a donation for vaccine:

http://whoareameric ans.com/2008/ 05/12/pampers- unicef-tetanus/

I wonder if such an idea could catch on with Tampax or any other
feminine hygiene products company and applied to Africa?

In fact, I think that if such a lead could become broadly strategised
in the West, it might be greatly therapeutical and motivating for the
entire capitalism's conversion to make poverty history!!!

With love,


--- On Mon, 7/14/08, Janet Feldman <kaippg at earthlink. net> wrote:

From: Janet Feldman <kaippg at earthlink. net>
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Sanitary wear for school girls in
Zimbabwe/similar project in Kenya (Cathy Stubington)/ Masimba:
To: mendenyo at yahoogroup s.com, fightingpeacefully@ yahoogroups. com
Cc: holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com, voiceful at yahoogroup s.com,
learningfromeachoth er at yahoogroups. com
Date: Monday, July 14, 2008, 1:26 PM

Dear Masimba, Andrius, and All,

This is a very important issue in many countries in Africa, and probably
elsewhere too. Young women often are not able to attend school due to lack
of sanitary products, this in addition to becoming caregivers and family
providers at too-early an age.

In Kenya there has been much activity along these lines, and I have
participated in discussions and projects related to this theme. One "expert"
in our own forums--at Holistic Helping--is Cathy Stubington, an ActALIVE
member who joined Holistic Helping to be involved with our peace work in
Kenya. She has provided invaluable help to Rachel, Dennis, myself, and
others in linkage with our POP activities.

Cathy is a Canadian educator and puppeteer who joined ActALIVE 3-4 years
ago, and linked up with Rachel and another Kenyan member named Jimmy Ouma,
the latter of whom wanted to do just this kind of project in his own
village. Cathy and Jimmy have worked for several years on the project, and I
believe have a great deal of invaluable experience and insights, as well as
research, contacts, and other info which could be useful for a similar
project in ZW.

Cathy, would you be able or interested to help with this project?

At HH we might "replicate" the kind of project started in Kenya, and I have
contacts with health orgs like SAfAIDS, which might make such a project more
do-able re outreach, supply, and distribution. Hmm, we could even call it
"Pads for Peace" :))).

One thing that we have discovered in this work: the local manufacture of
pads is crucial in the long run for sustainability. There are already
designs and guidelines people in Kenya and elsewhere have come up with for
that. I realize supplies and info-sharing are quite constrained now in ZW,
but hopefully the pads can be made from local materials, and this could be a
great "learning from each other" experience, so I will cc the LFEO forum

Masimba, I like your ideas about pencils, books...and how abt art supplies?
There is a wonderful project called Peace Tiles (www.peacetiles. net) which
many ActALIVE members and others have participated in over the past few
years. These are collages on small wood tiles, usually displayed in a mural
of 30 tiles each, with themes such as peace, HIV/AIDS, and more.

And it is excellent that you are going to the International AIDS Conference
in Mexico! Let me introduce you to some others going too. In fact, could you
participate in any of the activities in several of the Networking Zones I am
helping to organize: Youth, Women's, and/or Cultural? That would be great!
I will put you on the mailing list for these activities (there is a group
called Zimbabwe Poets for Human Rights which has responded to my call for
participation! ). I will see if friends from SAfAIDS and others from ZW will
be there too.

Will close for now and look forward to picking up on this project and more
great threads of discussion and activity soon! Blessings and lovingkindness,

----- Original Message -----
From: <ms at ms.lt>
To: <fightingpeacefully@ yahoogroups. com>
Cc: <holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com>; <mendenyo at yahoogroup s.com>;
<voiceful at yahoogroup s.com>
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 11:24 AM
Subject: [mendenyo] Sanitary wear for school girls in Zimbabwe

> Masimba Biriwasha and I chatted today, What can we do for the people of
> Zimbabwe? He has a simple, peaceful, nonconfrontational idea, which is to
> send sanitary wear (tampons, etc.) so that teenage school girls can attend
> school. This is an activity that we can try to include people from all
> parts of the political spectrum so that we can come together for peace in
> the long term. We will try to find emails of people who might participate
> in our labs groups, and who would provide mailing addresses to which we
> could send sanitary wear, or provide money for purchase from South Africa.
> This will be a public effort. Andrius Kulikauskas, ms at ms.lt
> ------------ --------- --------- --
> Andrius Kulikauskas: Hi Masimba, what do you suggest we do to help the
> people of Zimbabwe?
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: andrius, at the moment i am at a loss of words
> Andrius Kulikauskas: I have some ideas but I appreciate your leadership
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: the best is to fucus on highly peaceful
> endeavours
> … for example, can you collect sanitary wear in your country
> … girls have to miss school because of menstruation
> Andrius Kulikauskas: that is a good simple idea
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: the Mugabe regime has abandone all normality
> … can you do it
> Andrius Kulikauskas: I would like to build bridges with people who are in
> the government
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: or just books in english for children, and
> pencils
> … and rulers
> … people who are in the government will have to see the action being
> undertaken
> … they have abandoned all normality
> … what iis happening in zimbabwe is mafia type politica
> Andrius Kulikauskas: yes I feel that if we could make contact with such
> people then we will have sanction for our activities
> … my hope is to have a spectrum of initiative
> … I don't know if that is possible here but perhaps it is a good idea to
> try
> … to reduce polarization
> … I am thinking "love your enemy"
> … to have a spectrum of dissidence that goes from outside the mafia to
> inside the mafia
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: lets not even think of them as enemies but as
> people bent on a different path
> … they are not enemies per se
> … and to make them see otherwise requires that we engage int actions that
> impact directly on the people
> … at the end of the day, it is about people
> Andrius Kulikauskas: well I think that the regime is my enemy because it
> is brutal - but I am willing to think of Robert Mugabe as an independent
> thinker and reach out to him and his colleagues
> … I think the sanitary wear is a good idea
> … are there any local solutions for that?
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: but the regime does not consider itself brutal
> rather it considers itself as a defender of legitimate rights
> … no
> Andrius Kulikauskas: can they be imported from South Africa?
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: well yes
> … they can for sure
> … and distributed through faith based instituions
> Andrius Kulikauskas: also it would be great for our lab to have contacts
> in Zimbabwe
> … people who we could correspond with
> [...]
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha:
> … and OSI rejected the proposal
> … but they may allow me to work in Zambia
> Andrius Kulikauskas: yes you said and I have put it on our website
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: I will keep you posted
> … yes, i did see that
> Andrius Kulikauskas: http://www.worknets .org/wiki. cgi?Zimbabwe
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: i really like the way you think Andrius
> … i hope God can makes us meet one day
> Andrius Kulikauskas: thanks Masimba, it is often thinking in the dark! I
> value your guidance
> … yes
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: i maybe going to Mexico so I want to meet Janet
> … if you can facilitate that
> … Always know that this work is highly appreciated
> Andrius Kulikauskas: write to her, she is quite far from Mexico, and it is
> also complicated for her to have visitors, because she is caring for her
> father, but do write
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: i want to get more connected
> Andrius Kulikauskas: we would like more contacts on the ground in Zimbabwe
> [...]
> Andrius Kulikauskas: and as you say a peaceful, nonconfrontational
> approach
> … yes
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: she will get you in touch with people on the
> ground
> … i thought janet said she is going to mexico for the aids conference
> Andrius Kulikauskas: I didn't know this
> … Also I will try to call Bev Clark
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: she said it in one of her emails
> … bev is a crucial contact
> [...]
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha:
> … please view my article
>http://ecoworldly. com/
> … and make a comment of you can
> Andrius Kulikauskas: yes I see, ok
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: have u seen it
> Andrius Kulikauskas: I'm reading it
> Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha: thank you for your faith in me
> … thanks
> ------------ --------- --------- ------
> A Focus is being made on having a wireless internet connection for the
> community to help them have a place for information handling and
> transfer. There is motive of taking risks to help the community Develop.
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