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Local group fashions reusable menstrual pads that give young African women a healthy assist

Ellie von Wellsheim assembles reusable menstrual pads called Mooncatchers for women in Africa. She started The Pad Project, which meets once a month to create the pads.
Ellie von Wellsheim assembles reusable menstrual pads called Mooncatchers for women in Africa. She started The Pad Project, which meets once a month to create the pads.
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It might be hard to believe that a flannel pad with an absorbent bamboo insert could change a life, but that’s exactly what Ellie von Wellsheim will tell you. The Schenectady resident leads The Pad Project, a group that makes reusable, washable menstrual pads that are sent to girls in Africa. Many girls in Uganda and other African countries drop out of school because they have no effective way to contain their menstrual flow, she ...


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