IHC Students Help Women In TanzaniaPosted: Updated:
The Barton sisters go to Watertown's Immaculate Heart Central School, a community that has fundraised for a school in Kitenga, Tanzania for several years.
This year, students and staff are sewing feminine hygiene products for women there who are in need.
"Being a woman, you have to have these things. It's sad that they don't have the things they would need and just having a bigger respect for what we have and what they don't have," said Josie Barton, 10th grader.
All the sewing is part of a nationwide non-profit organization called Panti-Plus, which provides feminine hygiene products to developing nations.
Margot McGorman of Watertown has spent time overseas delivering the finished products before. She says it's a necessity.
"So many of them would not be able to continue their education. They might miss a week of school a month, they get behind. So, it's really gratifying from so many levels," she said.
Patricia Minter-Powell teaches French at IHC and says the volunteering is all done here in the north country.
"It's not always easy to literally go to a country and do hands on help, there's just so many ways to give back and this was just a gift of time and talent and also a gift of love," she said.
Minter-Powell says she'll be in Tanzania in November to deliver about 75 kits that are made.