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July 22, 2009

Feed The Children: Indiana High School Girls Promote Self Esteem for Girls in Africa

FeedChildrenLogo(From Business Wire): The students at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, decided it was unacceptable for girls in developing countries to miss out on an education. So they rallied together to raise more than $1,000 to send Feed The Children feminine dignity kits to girls in Africa.

Each month, girls in developing countries can miss up to five days of school because of their menstrual cycles. These girls live in absolute poverty and do not have access to the basic feminine hygiene supplies that would allow them to attend school with confidence.

Instead, they stay home, falling behind on their schoolwork. In developing nations, education for women is often a low priority. This cultural prejudice, combined with the challenge of making up schoolwork, makes impoverished girls more likely to drop out of school.

Feed The Children’s feminine dignity kits include essentials like feminine hygiene products and other personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and more) to help them stay in school and feel good about themselves. The kits also include beautiful sarong scarves for each girl. The scarves are fun to wear and also provide cover-up in case of any accidents.

“Our deepest thanks to the students of Wayne High School for recognizing that all girls are worthy of dignity, security, and an education—and for working to make these ideals a reality,” said Larry Jones, founder and president of Feed The Children. “Education is often a girl’s best defense against poverty, sexual abuse and teen pregnancy and we appreciate Wayne High School students for doing what they can to help these girls.”

About Feed The Children

Founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2008, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing more than 760,000 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit

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