Sam was a PiA fellow in Malaysia where she taught English at University Sains Malaysia during the 2014-2015 academic year, and a second-year fellow in Laos where she provided English language support for Plan International staff in Oudomxay Province from July 2015-2016.
As the recipient of the 2016-2017 CarrieBright fellowship, Sam will partner with Eau Laos Solidarité and the Luang Prabang Library to expand their existing puberty education program by launching Sewing Solidarity.
Sewing Solidarity aims to educate and empower 1000 girls in remote, rural secondary school dormitories in Luang Prabang Province to manage their menstruation safely, hygienically and with dignity both at school and at home. By building upon ELS's current menstrual hygiene health workshop, the Sewing Solidarity project aims to teach girls how to sew their own sanitary pads while establishing a safe environment in which girls can confidently communicate with one another in peer discussion groups.
This project also seeks to build the capacity of local teachers to educate girls in schools about MHM with confidence and in a way that is culturally acceptable. Through educational workshops and by upgrading existing teaching materials to be more user-friendly and informative the hope is that they will continue to educate future classes of girls.