The Introduction of Project OverFlo.

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There is silence. There is suffocating silence that seems to take over when many are in need. Perhaps they choose not to tell you or maybe it is hidden as taboo or maybe we are blind to it. According to Data USA, in Rhode Island, 13% of the population lives beneath the poverty line. The largest demographic in this group are females between 25-35, next are females ages 18-24, and then males ages 25-34. There are some other pivotal issues hidden in plain sight including human-trafficking and domestic violence. There is no simple solution to these issues, however, this does not mean we cannot strive to help.

Project OverFlo. is an empowerment project focused on the wellbeing of the community by collecting feminine hygiene products for both impoverished and previously human-trafficked women. Project OverFlo.’s goal is to educate the community about homelessness, human-trafficking, violence, and puberty through workshops that will be held in October and November. The inspiration for this project came from Bustle’s documentary “How do Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods?”. In the midst of my own bad periods, I realized that “Wow, someone else is going through similar surprises and the cramps.” The next questions were, “How can I help?” and “Where do I start?” With that being said, I partnered up with two amazing ladies and got to work.

The motivation to continue this work comes from the Bible’s message found in John 7: 37-38: “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (New King James Version).’” We believe in putting our faith into action by helping those in need, knowing that within us is the capacity and the Spirit to help and inspire our community.

Below are the workshop dates, times and names:

Saturday, October 7th - 9am to 12 pm - Grand Kick-off
Saturday, October 14th - 9am to 12 pm - Domestic Violence and Prevention
Saturday, October 21st - 9am to 12 pm - Women’s Health
Saturday, November 4th - 9am to 12 pm - Empowerment Day

All events will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 475 Cranston St, Providence, RI 02907. Donations will be accepted at the events. We will be accepting menstrual pads, tampons, panty liners, period underwear, menstrual cups, etc. Donations will be made to the Providence Rescue Mission and Sojourner House’s Trafficking Housing Empowerment Immigration Advocacy Project (THEIA). If you have any questions or you are interested in volunteering or donating please write to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/projectoverflo/ or call Kou T. Nyan at 401-626-8256. We are excited to have you all there!

Kou T. Nyan is the founder of Project OverFlo. She is also a writing content creator who loves words so much she has her own blog called Forever A Student; forever a teacher. Check it out at https://beginningwiththeword.wordpress.com.