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Day 335: What if 50 cents Could Change the World – Period?

People look at me funny when I say that 50 cents Could Change the World. Today I found a way to change the world with 50 cents and it became my daily give. I hope you make it yours.

The countdown is on! Exactly 30 days to completing 365 days of giving. I’m excited to be almost finished this journey. With just 30 days left I have some “gives” I really want to complete to help bring awareness to organizations that truly deserve it. Today is one of those days. 50cents.Period.

Day 335: Give 335

I could put a warning on this post saying it’s for women only but everyone needs to understand the challenges women go through all over the world each month when they get their menstruation. Yes, their period. Shhhh – don’t say it to loud someone may hear you!

All over the world the word “period” has been made into a bad word. As young girls we are taught to suck it up, take some Midol and just pretend it’s not happening. It’s not discussed in mixed company. It’s meant for a girl chat only. In many places around the world companies have given us every luxury to help keep the “situation” under control each month.

What if you lived in a rural place in the world where buying tampons or pads (other words we don’t say out loud!) was not as easy as popping down to a 7eleven when you weren’t prepared. What if getting the basic protection needed was not available or even worse – not affordable.

How would you function each and every month?

Would you miss work?
Would you miss a date?
Would you miss school?

Girls around the world miss school for this exact reason. One week every month because they don’t have the protection they need to sit on a classroom. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 335 days it is this. Educate all the women of the world and there will be a dramatic positive change.

Should getting your period hold women back from the education that could help “be the change we want to see in the world?”


50cents.Period. founded by the Women in Red are a group of dedicated women that believe “girls must not have their educations and life opportunities curtailed because of  their inability to have access to these fundamental supplies.”

How can you help? 50cents goes a long way in India. “50 cents buys a month of sanitary supplies and an uninterrupted education.”

$5 sponsors 10 girls for one month
$10 sponsors 20 girls for one month
$25 provides supplies for 50 girls for one month
$50 sponsors a rural High School, averaging 100 girl students for one month
$600 provides sanitary supplies for one school for an entire year
$1,000 will build a basic toilet

Could you imagine your child not having a toilet at their school? I don’t have an extra $1000 I can donate today to build a toilet but I can do something. I made a donation today that will make an impact. Do you have $5.00 or $10.00 you can donate? From the facts above you know what an impact it will make to another women in the world.

Time Commitment: 1 minute to online donate

Cost: $10.00

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)