Hacienda Bonifacio, Phillipines
This was our first trip out to distribute Freedom Cups in a rural community.
We were nervous to see the squalor, the desperation, the poverty, the human suffering.
But we saw none of that.
Yeah sure, the villagers were poor, they had few clothes. There was little electricity, and no running water. There were buffalos, cats, dogs, cows, and pigs, all over the place.
But everyone was cheerful, optimistic about their future, hopeful, and happy.
Their 2-classroom village school cramped all their children in one class for the day, in order to let us to use the other classroom for our Freedom Cups session.
The women start strolling in.
We start of by teaching some basic biology, then move on to what a menstrual cup is, how to use one, how to remove it, and how to keep it clean.
The first session of women were curious, apprehensive, and excited. They giggled, ask questions, and laughed. A lot.
After the session, they went home.
As we sat there wondering how effective we had been, and if they were convinced at all to give this new contraption a shot a second second wave of women from the village arrived, having heard from their friends what the session was about.
They too were keen to learn about their bodies and get their hands on a cup, a simple device that would make their periods far more comfortable.
We ended up staging an impromptu session for them, happy with what we had achieved on Day 1.