Penties With Purpose
Every year girls in rural areas miss 40 days of school during their menstrual cycle
Their mums and dads can’t afford to buy them pants or sanitary pads,
So they have to use leaves, rags and pieces of cloth they find
This affects their confidence, self-esteem and frame of mind.
In 2011 Panties with Purpose was set up as a campaign
To help girls stay in school and explain,
That access to basic sanitary hygiene products should be every girls’ right
And to raise awareness about their plight,
Since then with the help of donations
It has given 11,438 girls, 41,000 pairs of pants in 97 locations.
At her school in 2017 and 2018 Aaliyah Webber had two campaign drives
To help ease discomfort in the girls’ lives,
She collected pads and pants for 200 girls but knew this wasn’t enough
Because many were suffering and had it so tough.
But she couldn’t ask for donations over and over again
So she wondered what she could do with her paint brushes and pen,
To raise money together with her friends, she designed and sold cards
For people to send their best wishes, greetings and regards.
She also wanted to make something that people could regularly buy
To ensure there would be a continuous supply,
Of sanitary pads and pants for the girls to use
So their school attendance wouldn’t reduce,
She thought and thought
And realised chocolate sauce is something that people sought,
So she made her own recipe to sell it locally.
She loves chocolate sauce and her sister does too
You can drizzle it on ice cream when you can’t chew,
Or on popcorn, fruit pies and pancakes
And it can even be used to make milkshakes.
Aaliyah Webber’s aim is to help every school girl be free
of period poverty.
Buy her cards and her chocolate sauce and help girls stay in school.