Help Kelly get to Africa

I've been invited to journey to Africa in April to volunteer with the Schenectady, New York-based MoonCatcher Project. Your donation toward travel expenses will help make my participation a reality. To be a part of the trip, I need to raise $2,500.

The MoonCatcher Project provides free, reusable, washable menstrual pads to girls in impoverished countries worldwide to help keep them in school during menstruation. It also develops sewing cooperatives where women learn to make the pads and gain financial independence.

Volunteer work and writing to create positive social change are my passions. This trip will provide the opportunity to combine them both. I will use the stories I bring home to raise awareness about the work of the MoonCatcher Project, as well as the great need that remains worldwide.

If I am lucky enough to receive donations in excess of what is needed for my travel expenses, additional funds will be used to help with travel expenses for other volunteers and for menstrual pad kit supplies. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Learn more about the MoonCatcher Project and ways you can get involved at

Some facts about the organization:
Since its inception, the MoonCatcher Project has:

*Provided washable, reusable menstrual pad kits to more than 8,000 girls in impoverished countries worldwide.
*Developed a Menstrual Management & Reproductive Health curriculum delivered to girls when they receive the kits.
*Developed and supported five sewing cooperatives in Uganda and one in Malawi, where women learn to make kits and gain financial independence.
*Begun development of a sewing guild in Kenya.
*Supported a women's soap-making cooperative to add soap to the kits.
*Hosted monthly meetings where more than 700 volunteers have come together to sew and assemble kits.
*Conducted site visits to Malawian and Ugandan partners and to the schools and sewing cooperatives the organization supports.
*Sent 500 unsewn kits to partners nationwide to be made by faith groups, schools and individuals.
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Kelly de la Rocha 
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