This project has a number of tangible and significant impacts on homeless women and transgender men in Victoria. The Melbourne Period Project (MPP) aims to help the 5,000+ people who fall into this category and have to choose between food and sanitary products from the minuscule resources they have.
Your funding would help us establish distribution centres here in Melbourne with reach to rural areas of Victoria as well. Places like Bendigo, Geelong and Dandenong where there are many people who face these terrible challenges and have very little support.
Every dollar pledged will be going to:
- Providing additional packaging and distribution resources
- Aiding collection services for in-kind donations
- Pay for a computer to service delivery needs
- Cover the cost of information packages to clients
Most of these women are victims of domestic violence and have nothing. During their menstrual cycle women are forced to hide and miss out on services such as food, outreach and medical attention simply because they're going through a natural process they should never feel ashamed about.
Dignity – Support – Change
Our Project Partners include: Libra, Bonds, TOM Organics, HoMie Clothing Store (Homeless of Melbourne) and Anonymous X.
An MPP centre will create capacity for us to distribute sanitary products we get from our partners in a sustainable way. The funds will support our volunteers to implement the project with things such as extra products required, transport and information kits. Our Project will also provide community information sessions, extend and improve our current outreach geographically, help to break the crime cycle involved and also provide disability employment for packing products.
This project will give people their dignity, decrease crime from stealing sanitary products, increase health and wellness by using sterile and appropriate products, eliminate awkwardness and isolation around menstruation that often leads to exclusion from opportunities that can improve people’s homeless situation.
The benefit to the community also includes reducing crime, decreasing incidences of infection which impact medical providers and the public purse. The project also reduces inappropriate litter through inadequate disposal, education and packaging, gives people the opportunity to engage and donate on a small scale through in-kind or financial giving, but make large scale impact in a real way.
In April 2015, we started a drive to collect blankets for homeless people in Melbourne using a volunteer drop off model. 8 weeks later we had collected over 3000 blankets. We are affiliated and connected with 8 registered and established agencies who work with homeless individuals every day.
Only four weeks after the Melbourne Period Project was started, we have had over 5000 people join our Facebook page. We have been endorsed by celebrities such as Brynne Edelsten, Chrissy Swan and Michelle Bridges. The MPP program has been featured in three local newspapers and an online publication by Fairfax media.
Bonds Australia have donated almost 5000 items of underwear, and Libra Fleur have donated products to add to the distributed packs. We have over 130 collection points around Melbourne and several more in regional towns like Echuca Moama, Bendigo, Colac and Daylesford.
We need space to store the products we receive, space to put the packs together, and time and money to reach all of our collection points to gather the donated supplies. We will never have enough supplies. Every month by virtue of what they're used for, our products are gone and need to be replaced. We need to re stock each month until we can get enough sponsorship and donations to be able to cater for the sheer number who need our help, every month.
There are currently no updates for this project.
Congrats on making the target with 8 days to go! Amazing work you guys do
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