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Project Period helps women in need

The Period Project is run by Memorial sophomore Celina Zhao.

The Period Project is run by Memorial sophomore Celina Zhao.

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The Period Project is run by Memorial sophomore Celina Zhao.

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The Period Project is run by Memorial sophomore Celina Zhao.

Hannah Teifke, Memorial Staff Writer

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One in ten women in the U.S. from ages 14-21 are unable to afford sanitary menstrual products. Sophomore Celina Zhao aims to lower this statistic with a new, local solution: Project Period; a community organization that is helping to make a difference by taking away the stigma associated with women’s periods as well as providing menstrual products to those who do not have access to these items.

Zhao founded the nonprofit organization this past summer and has already recruited several passionate volunteers to help.

“I wanted to do something to give back to the community, and I’ve always loved female empowerment,” Zhao said.

Project Period does not have many volunteers at this time. The team currently consists of six members, three of which attend Memorial, and in addition to Zhao, sophomore Amelia Brown and junior Cynthia Deng have also contributed.  

Vice President Brown helps manage the organization alongside Zhao.  

“I really like visiting the shelters that we deliver to because it means that we’re able to see a different perspective of the situation,” Brown said. “It just makes me happy to see that something is being done to help people in Oklahoma who don’t have access to menstrual products.”

Visiting these shelters not only helps the organization, but doing so brings happiness to those living in the shelters as well as those participating in Project Period. A year’s supply of period products can cost over $250, and since many women are homeless due to financial complications, having these items given to them helps relieve a financial burden for necessary amenities.

“I thought that this was the perfect way to give back, and it will help so many people live better lives,” Zhao said.

Project Period also features a blog containing short stories and entries contributing to the goals and the primary mission of the organization.   

“I like being able to write what I’m passionate about because I really support the cause,” blog writer Cynthia Deng said. “I think it’s a great way to spread the message with other people, and people who might not be able to have a voice can say what they want to say.”

Deng says that the blog is a great way of spreading awareness of this issue to others so people are aware that something is being done for women in need.

Project Period has been successful in giving back to the community and it has made a positive impact on improving the lives of women in need. Access to the blog can be found on projectperiodok.org for anyone wishing to read or to help donate to the cause.

Contact Hannah Teifke at [email protected]

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