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Original post made on Jan 5, 2018

INTERNATIONAL AID ... A 14-year-old Palo Alto girl is helping other teens halfway around the world through fundraisers to provide them with feminine hygiene products. While brainstorming a charity project in preparation for her bat mitzvah in 2016, Eden Ball learned about Days for Girls, a nonprofit that compiles kits girls in developing countries can use during their menstruation, provides sex education and helps women establish microenterprises by showing them how to create and sell the kits within their community. Her involvement with the organization allowed Eden and her mom to visit Uganda over the summer, a trip that opened her eyes to the magnitude of an issue few talk about, she said. The teen said it was "crazy" to meet girls who didn't know anything about managing feminine hygiene. The visit instilled her commitment to the organization. By the end of 2017, she collected about $11,000 through an online giving campaign and a Dec. 14 fundraiser at Zareen’s a Pakistani and Indian restaurant on California Avenue, where she gathered 25 percent of dinnertime bills from patrons supporting the effort. She encourages the community to help groups assisting others who don't have basic necessities. "A huge chunk of the world doesn't have the access to food, shelter, water, proper hygiene, and education," she said.

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