Kit Steinkellner
September 10, 2015 10:31 am

Seeing the heartbreaking developments in the Syrian refugee crisis makes so many of us feel powerless in the face of this overwhelming tragedy. So many of us want to help, and so many of us don’t even know where to begin.

One woman, Canadian-born, German-based student Aislinn Beaulé is helping women refugees in her community in a simple and inspired way. She recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to get menstrual supplies to the refugees of Kleve, Germany.

Beaulé was driven to spearhead this campaign when she read about refugees using leaves or newspapers for menstrual supplies, items that greatly increase chances of infection.

“It really shocked me,” she told A Plus. “I guess I always took it for granted how easy it is for me to get whatever I need every month. I decided then that I should do something about it. Though I couldn’t reach the refugees in Syria, I could help out the ones living in my region … A lot is being done to get clothes and shoes because there are a lot more men then women arriving, but I think it is still important to make sure that women’s basic needs are met even if they are in fewer numbers.”

As Beaulé explains in her crowdfunding letter, “food and water are obvious necessities” that are donated to refugee camps, but it is “…important to look deeper into the needs of people to give them a good quality of life during these events.”

Beaulé’s crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise €2,000 (or, about $2,250), which would allow her to supply 20 refugees with one year’s worth of menstrual supplies and one week’s worth of fresh underwear.

Germany has been making headlines recently with their heartbursting kindness in response to this refugee crisis. There are an estimated 9 million Syrian war refugees, and Germany has announced that they plan to accept 800,000 refugees by the end of 2015, and an additional 500,000 a year every year after. So it comes as no surprise that Beaulé’s thoughtful crowdfunding campaign hails from a country that is already doing so much to aid victims of this crisis.

To help Beaulé and the female refugees of Germany, you can donate to the crowdfunding campaign, or go to Little Bee Creations, with whom Beaulé is partnered, where you can order reusable pads as a donation.

“You might not be able to volunteer to help the refugees in your area or you might not be in a country who is currently receiving a large number of refugees, but a donation from your part will go directly to helping people who need it,” Beaulé concludes her crowdfunding request. “I have had a lot of friends tell me that the whole situation is overwhelming and they do not know how to help, well … Here is your answer!”


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