Samhita G. - Founder  

Samhita is a rising junior attending Dhahran High School, who is also the co-founder of the Girl Learn International Chapter in her high school, which was also the first-ever Saudi chapter started. Recently, she has also been part of the Earth Echo Youth Council and is interested in creating a more sustainable planet. After realizing that menstrual care is such a big issue in her own region, she decided to start MER in hope of improving menstrual equity among female refugees.

Hiya S. - Founder

Hiya is a senior at Dhahran High School. In 9th grade, she founded her "Fundraising for the Girl Child" non-profit organization, which she has implemented across 30 global chapters and impacted more than 120,000 youth through webinars, social media reach, global group tutoring services, and financing the education of rural girls. Hiya also co-founded the first Girls Learn International (GLI) chapter in Saudi Arabia, and has been selected to be a UN Delegate of GLI and a UN Generation Equality Forum Planning Group Leader. As Hiya realized the vast inequality in menstruation product access for refugees in the MENA region where she resides, she co-founded the MER nonprofit to support/provide every refugee with sanitary necessities and decrease the stigma surrounding menstruation. 


Hishita S. - Founder

Hishita Shah is a rising sophomore attending Dhahran High School. She is one of the founders of the non-profit organization MER. After learning and experiencing about the social inequality and stigma surrounding menstrual health against women in a day to day basis in many countries in the Middle East such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and more, she decided she had to make a change against this stigma, and become one of the founders of MER, that brings menstrual equity to refugees across the Middle East, spreads awareness about menstrual health, and will make a positive impact in the lives of many women.