FREEDOM AND LIBERATION IN OROMO, THE LANGUAGE OF SOUTHERN ethiopia
FOUNDER, Executive director
Darartu was born and raised in Shashamane, Ethiopia and moved to Minnesota at the age of 12. Growing up in Ethiopia, she saw a lot of students skipping school due to not having menstrual health hygiene products. Darartu has made it a goal to end period poverty in Ethiopia. Bilisummaa has helped over hundreds of students receive menstrual health education and hygiene products. Darartu is a graduate of Pomona College and resides in Chicago working as an Account Strategist at Facebook.
Our Founder headed back to Ethiopia summer of 2018 as the recipient of the
Davis Projects for Peace Grant allowing her to travel and run a three-week menstrual education program. With the grant, Darartu worked with a local nurse to lead workshops for over 100 students in southern Ethiopia. The workshops covered topics such as puberty, anatomy, menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene, pain, etc. The students also learned how to sew reusable pads using everyday cloth, needles, and a thread.
A few months later, Bilisummaa was born to continue on the work of providing menstrual health education for students in Ethiopia.
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