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Protecting Futures is dedicated to raising awareness that the lack of access to sanitary protection can have an impact on girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Protecting Futures is a program by Always, Tampax and HERO dedicated to raising awareness that the lack of access to sanitary protection can have an impact on girls’ education in sub-Saharan Africa. Protecting Futures provides products and services to help keep girls in school as well as help foster their overall health and wellbeing.

Girls living in sub-Saharan Africa can miss up to four days of school each month because they lack the basic necessities of feminine protection and other resources to manage their periods. If a girl does not have access to pads or if the materials (such as rags, pieces or rugs, twigs and leaves) she uses are unreliable and cause embarrassment, she may stay at home during her period. These girls can fall behind on their school work - sometimes so far behind they drop out of school. Generating awareness and providing support on a regular basis is a great start to helping these girls stay in school and have a better chance for a future. That’s what Protecting Futures is all about.

To accomplish their goal Tampax and Always have entered into a five-year commitment with the United Nations Association HERO Campaign to create the Protecting Futures Program. The program will bring puberty education, traveling health educators, nutritious feeding programs, educational support services, a pad distribution program, and significant construction projects to schools in southern Africa.

HERO is a campaign of the United Nations Association of the USA that works with local partner organizations to provide comprehensive school-based support to orphans and vulnerable children living in HIV/AIDS affected communities in sub Saharan Africa. For these children, life can be incredibly challenging. But there is hope, and there is a solution. Together with HERO, Tampax and Always, you can help change a child's future. You can help make a difference.

For more information about the program check out www.protectingfutures.com and www.heroaction.org

Become part of the cause by applying for the 2008 HERO Youth Ambassador trip! Twenty students from the US and Canada will be selected to travel to Africa next summer to work on projects supported by Protecting Futures. Students interested in getting hands-on experience as a HERO Youth Ambassador can apply online at www.beinggirl.com/hero or www.heroaction.org through March 1, 2008.

Watch webisodes from last years trip on www.beinggirl.com/hero

To learn more go to www.protectingfutures.com

1. There are many reasons kids miss school, being a girl shouldn’t be one of them.

2. Help children in Southern Africa get the education they need and deserve.

3. Use your period for good.

4. Apply on www.beinggirl.com/hero to become a 2008 HERO Youth Ambassador

5. Show your support by making donations at www.heroaction.org