Every donation to the Liberty Project helps two sets of women, says Darby Roland, the third-year UWindsor student acting as its co-manager:
- survivors of abuse, addictions, and trauma in Canada; and
- impoverished women in developing countries.
The project trains survivors to sew re-usable sanitary pads that are then distributed in communities in need of them — to date, in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and South Africa.
“We provide resources to survivors to help them to re-integrate in society,” says Roland, a business major active with the social enterprise of Enactus Windsor. “They get paid a living wage and feel that they are giving back to something greater.”
At the same time, the sanitary pads help to improve the lives of the recipients.
“Maybe they don’t have access to safe menstrual products, or maybe they can’t afford them,” Roland says. “These products mean they can stay at work or school without having to worry about their periods.”
The project is targeted for support by the campus campaign for Giving Tuesday, which will collect donations toward the Liberty Project and student food banks today at these locations and times:
- Turtle Island Way arches, 7:45 to 10 a.m.
- CAW Student Centre lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Welcome Centre, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- SoCA Student Lounge, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Odette Building lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- St. Denis Centre lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Learn about other ways to contribute at www.uwindsor.ca/givingtuesday.