CMC features ‘A Thousand Smiles’ from Kenya reception, Feb. 2

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CMC features ‘A Thousand Smiles’ from Kenya reception, Feb. 2

The Vail Daily featured an article on For the Good Period photographer Kate Lapides images from our work in Kenya. The exhibit, titled "A Thousand Smiles: Photographs of For the Good Period In Kenya," is on display at CMC Vail Valley until the end of April, 2017.

EDWARDS — For photojournalist Kate Lapides, sharing positive images of the young African women she has met during the past year and a half has a deeper purpose.

"Much of the documentary imagery depicting Africa focuses on the continent's poverty, conflict and crisis," said Lapides, who coordinates communications and outreach for a Colorado-based humanitarian organization called For the Good Period.

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Changing the World, One Pad at a Time

For most of her professional life, Glenwood Spring’s local Kayce Anderson, PhD, was an ecologist happily immersed in scientific research in Central and South America. During her dissertation, she spent a third of each year hitch hiking through the mountain roads of Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, camping out in tiny Quechan villages at 14,000 feet to collect butterfly samples to take back to her lab at UC Davis. For her post-doc, she managed a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project based out of Colorado State University, coordinating research on the impacts of climate change on freshwater ecology and aquatic insects. The research required her to camp out for weeks at a time in the high alpine terrain of Ecuador’s Papallacta and Oyacachi Valleys and to manhandle a Toyota truck over the region’s rugged, remote roads. The last time she went, she was six months pregnant with her daughter Blu. “I loved it,” says Anderson.  “Being out in the field in Ecuador. And I loved the research. I love science. It’s important to me.”

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Aspen Public Radio features 4TGP photographer Kate Lapides

Photography from Kate Lapides' trip to Kenya

By Patrick Fort May 1, 2016

Aspen Public Radio interviewed our photographer, Kate Lapides, earlier this month, about her work with For the Good Period and her recent gallery exhibit. Her work was up at the CMC Aspen Gallery space from February thru May. The exhibit travels to Breckenridge next. Stay tuned! Click here to link to the article and the interview.

 

 

 

 

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Empowering Girls Worldwide

Molly Secor-Turner has spent the majority of her life serving others. The North Dakota State associate professor started service as a teenage girl, looking to make a difference. Her mother introduced her to mission work in hospitals and schools in Kenya, Africa and the rest is history.

When Secor-Turner returned to Kenya in 2012, she asked what were some of the greatest challenges students faced. Her research found that girls couldn’t always go to school when they had their period.

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Aspen Daily News "Time Out" spotlights For the Good Period Photography Exhibit

The Aspen Daily News published an article on 4TGP's photography exhibit at the CMC Aspen Gallery space. The issue also highlighted several other groups working on MHM solutions other non-profits are working on to solve this barrier to education for girls. Thank you, Sarah Dale Payne for the thoughtful article. You can read an excerpt below.

Starting the Conversation with a Period. By Sarah Dale Payne, Time Out Staff Writer. February 18, 2016.

Very rarely does one associate a smiling girl with her monthly cycle. Yet, the conveniences many Western women take as second nature are extraordinarily revolutionary for women in developing nations. Kate Lapides shares her experience in rural Kenya educating young women to understand and take control of their menstrual cycles in a photographic journey called "A Thousand Smiles: Images from Kenya" at Colorado Mountain College's Aspen campus, where she is the marketing and communications editor

Her show chronicles and examines the freedom, confidence and mobility that comes with providing women with health education and resources. To do this she worked with the nonprofit For The Good Period, where she is also the communications director.
 
For Lapides, the choice to highlight the smiles she captured was intentional for this particular project. She noticed that in the midst of poverty, strife and hardship, the spirit of the women she met was one of irrepressible joy. Click for full article
 

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Periods of progress: Health educator's impact felt across the world

Fargo Forum reporter Meredith Holt featured the work of 4TGP and programs director Molly Secor-Turner in a Dec. 5, 2016 feature in the INFORUM section of the newspaper. Article reprinted below:

Molly Secor-Turner answers a question after a reproductive health education and pad distribution session in a classroom at a public school in the village of Mpengui. Kate Lapides / Special to The Forum

Molly Secor-Turner answers a question after a reproductive health education and pad distribution session in a classroom at a public school in the village of Mpengui. Kate Lapides / Special to The Forum

FARGO - Molly Secor-Turner, her mother and five of her nursing students were packing crates with medical supplies in Molly's living room when her then-2-year-old son, Emmett, came downstairs carrying a pair of his shoes, pajamas and a toy truck.

"I want to give these to Kenya!" the little boy told the women, who were preparing for their April 2012 trip to the impoverished East African country, where they've been doing community outreach for years.

Emmett was emulating the giving nature of his mom, a nursing and public health professor at North Dakota State University, and his grandmother, Sharon Secor, who first introduced Molly to the people of the Tharaka-Nithi region of Kenya when she was 19. Click for full article

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Glenwood woman helps Kenyan girls

The Glenwood Post Independent published an article on 4TGP's recent trip to Kenya in the On Sunday, Oct. 18, edition of the newspaper. You can read an excerpt below.

For The Good Period Executive Director Kayce Anderson shares a smile with young girls in the village of Mugatuni, Kenya, during a game of Hokey Pokey. The game served as an ice-breaker place at the beginning of a pad distribution and education session. For the Good distributed menstrual hygiene kits and delivered reproductive health education to more than

For The Good Period Executive Director Kayce Anderson shares a smile with young girls in the village of Mugatuni, Kenya, during a game of Hokey Pokey. The game served as an ice-breaker place at the beginning of a pad distribution and education session. For the Good distributed menstrual hygiene kits and delivered reproductive health education to more than

On Oct. 1, Glenwood Springs resident Kayce Anderson and members of her new nonprofit, For The Good Period, returned to Colorado after spending 10 days working with impoverished young women in rural Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya.

An agricultural area in the semi-arid foothills east of Mount Kenya, Tharaka-Nithi is one-third the size of Garfield County and yet home to more than 365,000 people. Of those, thousands are school-age girls who have been unable to attend class regularly because of a simple need: access to affordable feminine care items.

Anderson and her team (Molly Secor-Turner of North Dakota State University, photojournalist Kate Lapides and Sharon Secor) traveled to Tharaka-Nithi in hopes of addressing problems of limited resources, lack of education and deep cultural stigma surrounding the issue.

“In this area, there is an acute lack of resources for menstrual hygiene. Historically, the young girls in this part of Kenya simply have not been going to class for approximately one week a month because their families cannot afford pads to help them get through the school day,” Anderson said in an interview shortly after returning from the trip. “This means that girls miss about a quarter of the school year — and that they have been falling behind in their studies or even dropping out.” Click for full article.

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Breckenridge photographer helps nonprofit provide menstrual hygiene resources in Kenya

The October 5, 2016 issue of the Summit Daily News featured the September, 2016 distribution and education trip of 4TGP and the work of trip photographer Kate Lapides. By Alli Langley. 

In late September, Kate Lapides flew overseas to help deliver hundreds of menstrual pads.

Based out of Breckenridge since 1995, the freelance photographer pulled aside about a dozen girls at a rural Kenyan school to interview them individually on-camera about their dreams.

One young girl named Millicent wanted to be a broadcast journalist, so Lapides taught her some video basics and let her help with the interviews.

“She just had a spark to her,” she said, and it made her goal seem possible despite the barriers she faced.

Lapides has been volunteering with a new Colorado nonprofit called For the Good Period, and she recently returned from the organization’s first international-aid trip. Click for full article

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