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Updated: 02/12/2014 08:00:02AM

Girls in POPS program build kits for African women

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


T'oviyon Reese, 14, who attends Bartow High School, is busy at the sewing machine, assembling tote bags that will carry feminine hygiene products that eventually will be sent to the African nation Republic of Malawi.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


The Republic of Malawi is pointed out on the map of Africa. Although a sliver of land in comparison to the nations that surround it, Malawi is approximately the size of Pennsylvania in square mileage.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Araceli Castillo, 17, who attends the Summerlin Institute, holds up one of the tote bags made that will be filled with feminine hygiene products and shipped to the African nation, Republic of Malawi.

By STEVE STEINER

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It’s Thursday, Feb. 6. Upstairs in one of the rooms in the library building, a group of between 20 and 30 teenage girls are hard at work making feminine hygiene kits that will be sent to the Republic of Malawi, in Africa. Divided into groups, some of them cut bolts of cloth from patterns to make colorful tote bags or undergarments. Others sew together the assorted pieces cut from the patterns. Another group assembles the kits that will go into the totes.

The girls, from the POPS organization (Professional Opportunities Program for Students), were participating in a joint project with the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. It was a first time for the two organizations and came about through the suggestion of Doretha Brooks.

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