I started the Period Project four years ago, when my older sister came home from college.
She talked to me about women in Third World countries who are forbidden to go to school or participate in many activities when they are on their periods. I thought about how this might impact women in Los Angeles – especially those who are living on the streets – and what I could do to help.
When I first started my project, my mom and I used our own money to buy toiletries and sanitary products. Now, thanks to donations from the nonprofit In the Making, I have a supply of sanitary pads and tampons, shampoos, conditioners and other toiletries.
With these donations, I create care packages that I hand out to women in downtown Los Angeles. The women are very grateful, and they use the supplies throughout the month.
If you would like to help with donations, leave a message for me at Bravo Medical Magnet.
Mia Torres Freshman Bravo High School Medical Magnet