at PO Box 75816, Washington, 20013 United States
Making the world a better place by creating a better environment for women and children in need everywhere
The Purpose The Purpose of Project Dignity G.O. is to promote dignity by providing sustainable feminine hygiene products to the 50 millions adolescent girls living in poverty around the world. 1. We focus our efforts on adolescent girls, ages 12-17 living in poverty. Most of the girls are considered women by the age of 12, married by the age of 14, pregnant by the age 15, abandoned and left to survive the best they can by 16. They usually are exploited by men and end up selling their bodies to survive. 2. By investing in feminine hygiene products and education for these adolescent girls, we provide an opportunity and framework for belonging, being, and becoming. We simply want to help children just be children by delaying early marriage and early pregnancy, therefore reducing the risks and spread of HIV. 3. Many of these girls use old filthy rags, leaves, newpaper or anything they can find becuase they simply don't have panties and/or feminine pads during their monthly menstruation cycle
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We lose dignity when we tolerate the intolerable. What if not having sanitary supplies kept you isolated during menstruation? What if you had to endure days without pads or panties? Without school? Without income? Without dignity? It happens worldwide to adolescent girls (ages 12-17) in struggling communities. Girls miss up to 3 months of school in just 1 year. Many girls have to rely on home-made solutions during their menstruation each month. Makeshift devices made with old cloths, rags and in more extreme cases things like newspaper, toilet paper, corn husks and leaves are used by girls to absorb their periods... all to try to stay in school. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for hygiene. It turns out this issue is one of the keys to social change. It's hard to imagine, but true for adolescent girls all over the world.
The Girl Declaration I was not put on this earth to be invisible I was not born to be denied I was not given life only to belong to someone else I belong to me I have a voice and I will use it I have dreams unforgettable I have a name and it is not anonymous Or insignificant or unworthy Or waiting anymore to be called Some day they will say this was the moment When the world woke up to my potential This is the moment that I was allowed To be astonishing This is the moment when my rising No longer scares you This is the moment when being a girl Became my strength, my sanctuary… not my pain This is the moment when the world Sees that I am held back by every Problem and I am key to all solutions This is the moment when a girl, and a girl, and a girl and 250 million other girls say with voices loud that this is our moment This is my moment This, YES this is the moment
To learn more about the mission and how you can help bring dignity to a underprivelaged youth, check out www.projectdignitygo.org
Meet the Chief Executive Director Dwight McKinney, Sr. – Chief Executive Director Dwight is passionate about the purpose of promoting “dignity” to the select poor communities of the world. He is driven by the philosophy that every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it. He is a cutting edge visionary with over 35 years of experience in non profit organizational management and leadership development. He is a powerful, dynamic and passionate keynote speaker who has traveled on 5 continents with a message of hope. Dwight is someone who believes in leading by serving. He doesn’t do this from behind a desk in an office, but from the frontline where people are in despair and disrepair. He is passionate about helping people and making a difference.
Let's Talk Project Dignity G.O. P.O. Box 75816 - Washington, D.C. 20013 Tel. (202) 738-4274 info@ProjectDignityGO.org
THE QUESTION ISN'T: 'WHY GIRLS? THE QUESTION IS: 'WHY WAIT?'
1. GIRLS ARE AGENTS OF CHANGE They play a crucial role in solving the most persistent development problems facing the world today. By investing in their economic potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy, issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be broken. To learn how a girl's success is the world's success, watch the girl effect video on our home page.
" If you change the prospects of an adolescent girl on a big enough scale, you will transform societies " ---Mark Lowcock