妳生理期來了沒?

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「妳生理期來了沒?」
「來了。」
「那妳都用什麼?」
「⋯⋯⋯⋯⋯」女孩無語,臉上兩行淚潸然落下。


當下我便曉得了她正面對的困境。14歲的女孩,失去了母親,和哥哥及賺不到錢而酗酒的爸爸住在一起,沒有求救的管道。

那天冒著大雨到Cherish Uganda教學,一位社工向我轉述這個故事,因為我忍不住問:雖然每一次不管到哪裡教學,總是得到正面的回饋,但可不可以誠實地告訴我,這個布衛生棉的課程,真的,有幫助到她們嗎?

她又告訴我,辦公室有提供急用的衛生棉,有些女孩因為根本負擔不起,就算預知自己的經期,也會假裝不曉得,跑來辦公室說忘記帶。所以教導她們怎麼做、不管是用二手衣還是自己喜歡的布,成本都比市售的便宜,對她們來說是非常需要的。

Cherish Uganda是一個理想社區,位於Entebbe,毗鄰天水相依的Lake Victoria,世台基金會已在此支持兒童醫院的建設,這裡愛滋病患者不需害怕他人異樣的眼光,因為大家沒有不一樣:定期在醫院接受檢查,學生一起上課也一起服藥,國中生的宿舍有愛心老師細心照料,一同面對成熟的酸甜苦澀。這22公畝的園區裡更有一棵棵綠香蕉樹,供應每個人食的需求。社工Sarah在這裡快三年了,仍然爽朗地向園丁、護士、學生打招呼。

生命是影響生命的最大力量,當一個故事被轉述,它就不再是那個女孩一個人的故事,它開始於女孩眼中的淚、增添了Sarah眼中的盼望,而成為我眼中的堅定。這個感動會在我心裏長久駐足,給予我成為改變的動力,願有更多更多的人轉述這個故事,使它永遠不只是一個人的故事,使它成為你自己的故事。
我會一直記得來自女孩們的回饋:
「請讓這件美好的事延續下去,觸及更多的女孩。」

烏干達”愛女孩”專案志工
張瑋純
May 2018 烏干達

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“You’ve had mensturation yet?”
“Yes.”
“Then what do you use for periods?”
“…….” There’s a moment of silence with only two streams of tears rolling down on her face.
That’s the moment when I realized what she was struggling with. A 14 year-old girl, motherless, living with a brother and a drunk father who always escaped the reality, by no means had the access of knowledge of puberty.
The answer was from Sarah, a social worker in Cherish Uganda. On that rainy day we went out to tutor on making pads.
“We always receive positive feedback on services. Would you tell me truly, if the lesson we provide is helping the girls? Out of doubt, I asked Sarah.
She continued,
“The office provides pads in emergency case. Some of the girls pretend to forget about their dates and run to the office simply because they cannot afford a pad. So teaching them how to make their own pads either from second-hand clothes or fabrics they care for, the cost is lower than the on-stock pads. There is always a need.”
Cherish Uganda is an ideal community, located in Entebbe, adjacent to Lake Victoria. Here HIV patients needn’t bear with peculiar looks from others. Every one receive examination on regular basis. Kids go to school together and take medicine as a whole. Secondary students are taken care of by care givers, who go through the bittersweet of teenage. The 22-acre site encompasses matookes which fill pupils’ plates. Sarah has been working for Cherish Uganda since three years ago, still she greeted the gardeners, nurses, and students with her radiant smile.
A life is always the biggest power to change another’s life. When a story is told, the story no longer belongs to who it happened to only. It starts from the tears of the girl, is spiced up by Sarah’s hope, then composed my unwavering determination. The story will never slip out of my mind, instead, it’ll motivate me to be the change. With more people passing on the story, the issue makes everyone’s responsibility. Let it become your own story.
I’ll always remember the feedback from the girls: Please continue extending your service to many. This is extremely helpful.

Crystal Chang
Uganda. May, 2018

原文轉載 : https://goo.gl/LTSyfW

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