Milawa’s   project for 2016 is “EMPOWER HER PERIOD.” Studies have shown that a significant number of school girls miss school during menstruation due to lack of sanitary pads, the estimate is 10% to 20% of school days are lost every year. Lack of sanitary pads has subjected girls to missing school every month as a way of protecting themselves from humiliation and bullying that come from their colleagues when they have accidents. To cover their shame, girls substitute sanitary pads with leaves, rags, banana fiber and even newspaper which are all unsafe for them. The ultimate price that the girls pay is poor academic performance and shattered dreams. MILAWA has identified and spoken to a contact person, Ms. Daisy Rono of Queen Sara Foundation (www.queensarafoundation.org) in Bomet County, Kenya, to remove the obstacles that stand between the girls and their dreams so they can reach their full potential. Queen Sara Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works through local district hospitals and grade schools to execute its activities.

Please support our effort to empower these girls by making a tax-deductible contribution of any level; purchasing a table or tickets. Join us and enjoy an evening of diverse African cultures with authentic delicacies, music, silent auction and colorful African fashion.

Our gala and fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 6:00pm to midnight at the Pihos Cultural Center, adjacent to the Greek Orthodox Church located at 9400 W. Congress St., Milwaukee, WI 53225. We are counting on your support.

For sponsorship package please download here  SPONSOR 2016