Why free pads are essential for girls in poor communities

Just as mosquito nets or polio vaccines are essential for keeping families healthy, free menstrual pads should be viewed in the same way. Kelly Parsley, chair of public health sciences at Carroll College (Montana) and chair of the Lewis and Clark County Board of Health, came to that conclusion after visiting villages in the northern region of Ghana and speaking with …

What’s it like to be a young woman in northern Ghana?

First of all, I wouldn’t presume to know the answer to that question, but here is a little of what we 11 university professors working with CRS have learned so far. We have met with and spoken to some remarkable young women who have impressed us all with their intelligence, poise, and forthrightness. Our group’s focus during this week with …

The way it should be: working together for the Common Good

Yesterday and today we 11 university professors traveling with Catholic Relief Services in Ghana were warmly welcomed by village chieftains and Muslim imams. We entered the chieftain’s home on Monday and the imam prayed with and for us. In return the CRS representative presented our thanks. As we sat together both days, we, as a delegation representing CRS, and they, …

It’s about the children

When you come right down to it, it’s for the children. We were able to sit with these young children here. We also spent time sitting and talking with teen boys and girls like these. When you do that, you can see the universal hope that parents have for their children. Today in the village of Bugya we saw the incredible …

CRS Water 101

The 11 university faculty from around the US all brought considerable background to water, sanitation, and health (WASH) issues. We come from around the US and were selected by CRS for an 11-day immersion into its approach to WASH in Ghana. We are professors and researchers in engineering, marketing, peace building, public health, environmental science, and more. But what we …

Our day starts with a shower

Our day started at 6 a.m. at a hotel in Baltimore. Our CRS organizer, Kim Lamberty, and her diligent assistant, Gladys Files, had found a more-than-comfortable hotel for our one night in the city before we – 11 professors from around the country – departed for Ghana to study water, sanitation, and hygiene. My hotel room, although standard in accommodations, …