PROGRAMS

METRO ATLANTA

Woman's Circle
The Women’s Circle program exists to address the unique needs of refugee women at the intersection of resettlement and reproductive health. Women’s Circles are held monthly, in partnership with local resettlement and community service organizations. Each class is a cohort of 20, grouped by language. The Women’s Circle focuses on providing basic reproductive and preventive health education, with linkages to family planning, counseling, and screenings, with specialists on our team further addressing the spectrum of psychosocial issues faced by survivors of torture, trauma, and gender-based violence.

Since 2012, our Women’s Circle program has impacted over 1300 refugee women and their families. Beginning as a partnership with World Relief Atlanta, this health education and social support program has grown to encompass collaborations with resettlement agencies, community organizations, and local masjid and church congregations. Our curricula and methodology has been adapted by grassroots NGOs for use in rural and marginalized communities across Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, through our provision of technical assistance and capacity building support, and further vetted by target refugee populations. To date, 100% of women participating in our programs have been enrolled in Primary and OB/GYN care; received needed health screenings, i.e., mammogram/colonoscopy; and have been tested for HIV.

Coffee Klatch
Coffee Klatch is a social support program for Arabic-speaking refugee women. This program provides a welcoming space to develop relationships and to connect to resources, such as medical care and social services, and further provides monthly health education and skills building sessions, as well as cultural and holiday celebrations. Most importantly, the program provides a platform for self-expression and regaining self-confidence, where women can simply be, share laughter, tears, and engage one another in building a stronger community. Coffee Klatch is designed by issues and topics chosen by the group. Past topics have included what to do when Medicaid ends, breast health, car maintenance, and somatic illness/mental health. Since its inception in 2014, Coffee Klatch has been recognized as a best practice platform for improving health outcomes via social connectedness and mobile health technologies, with our findings presented at national and international refugee health, public health, and social work conferences. The program was further featured in the David J. Sencer CDC Museum exhibit on Refugee Health in fall 2015.

Girl Power
Girl Power provides targeted education on Period & Puberty Basics, Family Planning, Sexual & Reproductive Health, and all the questions teenage girls ask. Like Women’s Circle, Girl Power has been adapted for use in East and West Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, and has been vetted across the refugee and African-American communities.

Period at Home
Providing a 6-month’s supply of sanitary pads to newly arrived refugee women and girls resettled with World Relief Atlanta and New American Pathways.

NEPAL
Since the earthquake of April 2015, 50 Cents. Period. has provided on-going emergency relief and support to the communities where our programs are based, via our partnership with Child Nepal and individual community groups, including a public awareness campaign entitled “Protecting Children from Abuse and Trafficking”, which reached 3000 displaced families in the month following the disaster. 50 Cents. Period. is the proud US host of the Fund for Lamjung, a partnership with Sarvodaya Sewashram, dedicated to rebuilding the Lamjung region one village at a time. Read Natasha and Bibek’s inspirational story here.


UGANDA
In the little village of Ddegeya (Masaka District), 50 Cents. Period. partners with Engeye Clinic, expanding their Village Health Team training and outreach, to include a curriculum of Puberty & Period Basics and targeted reproductive and sexual health issues. With the help of an enterprising Minerva Fellow from Albany Union College, we are piloting both a pad and underwear provision program through the Engeye Scholars program, as well as testing our first dual MHHM/Micro-Capital Project.


PAST PROGRAMS:
LIBERIA
Recovering in the wake of decades-long civil war, Liberia hosts a mere 90 medical doctors, two dentists, and one mental health practitioner, extending services to its 4 million inhabitants. In the 1st Quarter of 2014, at the request of Healthy Nation Liberia, and in tandem with the health education efforts of the University Consortium for Liberia and the Liberian Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, 50 Cents. Period. surveyed 772 women and girls in order to establish a baseline to develop a reproductive health education curriculum and an holistic program of menstrual hygiene management for (6) schools in the capital of Monrovia, and to further institute a Training of Trainers model for community-based reproductive health educators, inclusive of creating support networks for survivors of sexual violence. This project was paused due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NEPAL
Closing out in 2014, 50 Cents Period partnered with Child Nepal and the Nawa Jagriti community to serve 130 girls at the Nawa Jagriti School, through the provision of sanitary products, linkages to medical care, and reproductive health education for a period of three years. Across this time, absenteeism was reduced by 95%, and all girls reported an increase in health knowledge and self-esteem. The program now functions through the sole support of Child Nepal and the Nawa Jagriti Community.

In September 2011, Child Nepal and 50 Cents. Period. conducted a field study in the Sindhupalchok region to explore expansion of this program to 11 rural schools, serving an additional 2800 girls. Sadly, these schools were demolished during the earthquake of April 2015.

In 2013, we partnered with Action Works Nepal in the “Miteri-Gau: Let’s Live Together for a Chaupadi-Free Community” campaign, a country-wide media and public awareness initiative, spanning small villages in Karnali to the streets of Kathmandu.

NICARAGUA
In 2012, our team surveyed 200 women living on the outskirts of Managua and northern coastal regions, to provide valuable public health information for local NGO’s working on issues of water and sanitation. Through 2014, our pad and underwear provision program continues to serve women and girls in an orphanage/safe-house based in Jinotepe. We continue to prepare for a two-day conference for women, providing reproductive health workshop series.

INDIA
Our work was founded in the Andhra Pradesh/Telangana state, working with rural schools in agricultural and scheduled tribes districts. Through partnership with Sewa Barathi, the Gnana Saraswathi Foundation, and Youth for Seva Hyderabad, our 2011-2014 programs delivered reproductive health education to 400 girls, installed clean water systems at 5 schools providing 1600 community members with access to clean drinking water, and supplied 772 women and girls with sanitary products. With two water projects coming in under budget, our field partners were able to use the overage of unrestricted funds to provide school bags and supplies for 300 children, and to provide 20 bicycles to girls walking more than ten kilometers each way to school.