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4:59 pm on 9 March 2023, Thursday
At the break of dawn, 'Rina' and 'Trixie,' not their real names, were up to prepare for their visitors at the Cribs Foundation. They are just two of the 730 female victims of sexual abuse and mental torture seeking refuge at this sprawling Antipolo City complex.
Away from the city's noise and the abuse, 'Rina' and 'Trixie' are enrolled under the New Beginnings Program. The healing and recovery program includes primary medical and dental care, psycho-social, educational, socio-cultural, sports, moral-spiritual, family support services, and legal assistance.
Its ultimate goal is to prepare them for eventual reintegration with their original families, alternative parental care, or independent living.
Girls here are used to visitors, but today is different as they would welcome health experts discussing an exciting product. "Sabi nila may dala silang napkin na malamig daw sa pakiramdam, mayroon palang ganon?!" Rina said.
Trixie added that she overheard that they would be given sanitary napkins that could help ease her painful menstruation.
"Naku, kung mababawasan yung sakit ng puson ko kada nireregla ako, marami po akong matatapos na gawain!"
A Revolutionary Product collabs With A Phenomenal Movement
Not long after, the hallways of Cribs Foundation were filled with giggles and inquiries.
Because to celebrate Women's Month, the sensational K-Pads partnered with We Bleed Red Movement to donate a 3-month supply to 26 young women.
Rina and Trixie were among the young women chosen for this special gift, "Masaya po ako kasi malaking bagay po yung supplies lalo at three months po yun, makakatulong po ang K-Pads talaga,"said Trixie.
K-Pads is the first anti-dysmenorrhea napkin with anion (a negatively charged ion) capabilities. The anion has been proven to ease pain due to dysmenorrhea and manage symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), delayed pregnancy, UTI (urinary tract infection), and other issues in the reproductive system.
Aside from reducing irritation and odor, it helps accelerate oxygen circulation between the private parts and has eight layers to prevent leaks on heavy menstrual days.
But what makes K-Pads phenomenal is the icy-cool and winter freshness feeling due to the menthol and camphor in the middle of the napkin.
These test cards can help K-Pad users monitor the health of their body, especially the reproductive parts area.
We Bleed Red Movement Founder Gianinna Czareena Chavez leads the group that visited the Cribs Foundation. She said her group envisions every Filipino menstruator as healthy and happy.
"Hi, I'm Nina, the founder of We Bleed Red Movement Philippines. The We Bleed Red Movement is an online campaign that aims to the mystified and destigmatizes the word as well as the design of menstruation through healthy and open conversation."
Since the onslaught of COVID-19, We Bleed Red Movement Philippines has initiated several Menstrual Pads Donation Drives.
"We aim to eliminate period poverty in the Philippines by opening conversations during donation drives, spill headings, menstrual health, and hygiene seminars. In addition, we hope to travel around the Philippines to bring this education to menstruators," she added.
The partnership of K-Pads and We Bleed Red Movement is the proper fit.
K-Pad is a product from Japan exclusively distributed by JC Premiere Inc. Established in 2014, JC has been providing high-quality products manufactured only from the finest ingredients globally. In addition, JC advocates for a healthy and balanced lifestyle along with its premium products.
"When we learned of the K-Pad product, we knew right away that it represented JC's vision, which is to sell products that would not only bring livelihood to our resellers but also benefit our customers,” Kirstin De La Vega, marketing officer of JC Premiere said.
She added K-Pads aims to make a difference and significantly impact women's lives.
“Kpads understands that women's health is not just about providing menstrual hygiene products but also about supporting and empowering women. Our mission is to break down the barriers that prevent women from achieving their full potential.”
The End of Painful Period. Period.
Trixie, Rina, and other women beneficiaries listened attentively as the guest ob-gyne resident, Dra. Romina Lirio tackled women's health and menstruation.
“Ako po ay doktor po ako ng mga kababaihan. So yung regla, period or mens ay normal na events sa pagkadalaga.”
After that, Doctor Ferdz Soledad, the medical expert of JC Premiere Inc, a company that owns K-Pads, discussed the sanitary napkin's benefits.
“Ito po ang ating K-Pads at idedemo ko sa inyo how it works. O ito pigain nyo!,” Dr. Ferdz, quipped.
The girls were amused with the demonstration explaining the cooling effect of K-pads napkin with their menthol and camphor content.
“Yan po ang kagandahan ng ating K-Pads na aming binigay sa inyo, healthy na kayo diba di kayo magkakaroon ng impeksyon,” he added.
Romelyn Ordenyel Capio, a volunteer program officer at Cribs, thanked the volunteers of K-Pads and We Bleed Red Movement.
"Maraming salamat sa opportunity na ipinagkaloob nyo ngayon sa mga bata dito sa Cribs, napakalaking tulong po nito at ung mga impormasyon po na ibinahagi nyo kanina, sobrang na aware po sila sa tamang paggamit, tamang pag dispose at kung anong tamang pads ang dapat nila gamitin para maging healthy rin po sila.
All 26 girls actively participated during the discussion and prepared an intermission number for their visitors and newfound friends.
“So nakakatuwa na….sana wag po kayong tumigil sa pagbahagi ng ganito impormasyon lalo pa natin ipalaganap para sa kababaihan po, Romelyn ended.
The incredible event ended after the food distribution to the girls.
For those who wish to be part of or to benefit from the projects of K-Pads and We Bleed Red Movement, you may contact them on their social media pages.