Chantal Alison-Konteh, the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Her Village Inc. Photo: Courtesy of Annunciation Church Ladies Philoptochos Society
NEW YORK – This Lenten season the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 302 West 91st Street in Manhattan, continues its charitable efforts with the Ladies Philoptochos Society participating in the Direct Archdiocesan District (D.A.D.) women’s personal care drive. Following the success of the Philoptochos diaper drive, the Annunciation Philoptochos Women's Personal Care Amazon Wish List will focus on helping women in need.
Sometimes the best way to address something difficult is to tackle it head on: It’s not hard to imagine that those who can’t afford food aren’t able to buy deodorant or shampoo, but chances are you haven’t heard that women without resources can’t afford menstrual products, or that families with girls ages 12-15 starting their journey into womanhood can experience what’s called “period poverty.”
A woman can’t attend a job interview or school if she can’t menstruate with dignity.
A True ‘Rebuild New York’ Story
Chantal Alison-Konteh was just 26 years old when she began putting together the non-profit called Her Village Inc. Then, 1 in 4 menstruating women in our country struggled to afford period supplies. Four years later, she opened her doors and the pandemic hit, but rather than threaten the organization’s success, it boosted it.
Her Village distributes Flo Kits with seven days of menstrual products labeled: “Period products for you packed by someone who cares about you. You matter!”
Her Village distributes Flo Kits with seven days of menstrual products for women in need. Photo: Courtesy of Annunciation Church Ladies Philoptochos Society
“We say it takes a village,” said Alison-Konteh, “but what does that mean? It means action; we have to BE the village.” In 2020, Her Village Inc. served 3,400 individuals thanks to donations like the ones the Philoptochos will make. In return, they get emails showing how much they are appreciated.
“Feeling clean, confident, and capable during one’s period, boosting reproductive health and mental health, is a gift we can give others,” said Susan Williams, Chair of the Annunciation Philoptochos Women’s Personal Care Drive. “If this story resonates with you, please visit the Annunciation Philoptochos Women's Personal Care Amazon Wish List. You know the person who receives your gift will be extraordinarily thankful. Thank you.”
NEW YORK – The Hellenic Initiative (THI) announced the winners of The 2021 Venture Impact Awards (VIA) on December 13 with a virtual event that presented one of THI’s newest programs which provides help and support to Greece’s brightest and most talented teams – for-profits and not-for-profits – helping them create ventures and projects that are scalable and sustainable and that create jobs.
ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.
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ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.
Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they'll be buoyed by the prospect that President Joe Biden will name the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
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