Whew! The last 2 weeks has been crazy insane busy!
This project will be on and off my desk for the next year....or more.
It is for an international organization called Days For Girls.
Days for Girls empowers Days of education.
Days of health. Days of safety. Days of dignity. We do this by direct
distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits by partnering with nonprofits,
groups and organizations, by raising awareness, and importantly, by helping impoverished communities start their own programs to supply kits and training. Together with our network of thousands of exceptional volunteers and partners, we have reached tens of thousands of girls and women in over 70 nations on 6 continents.
What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find...but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for hygiene (see one girl talk about it here). It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school..
Our church has what is called Serving Saturday 2 or 3 times a year, so I planned a SEW IN to make,bags,shields and liners for Days for Girls.
We made 50 shields (on the left). The 175 liners are next to that
and the 60 drawstring bags behind that. The bright flowered
bags contain the Ziploc bags loaded with the rest of the stuff
that goes in the kits.
We had 23 ladies show up. WoooHooo!
Our goal is 100 kits for the year and this was our first event.
A kit contains- 2 shields
1 pair of undies
1 bar of soap
2 freezer bags
All of this is put into a bright colored drawstring bag
worn as a backpack (so young ladies can wear it to school)