The items pictured above were all purchased in Zambia by me with the purpose of raising funds here for the Days For Girls project started by Jenny in Chodort Training Centre. In developing countries around the world many girls (and women) have no access to menstruation products that we take for granted. If they are fortunate enough to attend school they then miss valuable days from school every month during their period. Infection is very common because of what they do use i.e. leaves, rags- anything that might absorb the blood flow.
Days For Girls http://www.daysforgirls.org/ is an organisation that aims to improve this through the making of reusable sanitary pads in a bag for individual use. This makes protection affordable for many more, reduce infection, improve educational skills, give dignity- the list is endless of how it helps.
Jenny is using the small tailoring department of two ladies in Chodort to make the packs out of second hand flannelette sheets purchased in the local market. However; many of the local girls still cannot afford the cost of the pack. The pack should last 3 to 4 years and consists of 1 pair of panties, two holders for pads, 8 pads, a flannel and soap, and instruction leaflet all placed in a drawstring bag. Education of how to use the pads is also necessary ie washing the pads and personal hygiene as the girls have never had a chance to to have any help with this.
Money that I raise will be returned to Jenny for either subsidising the cost to the girls or in the purchase of more cloth to make more packs. As always, anything that Jenny does is aimed at being self sustaining in the future. That simple. Of course you can also donate without purchasing anything. For those of you in countries away from UK there are groups making packs to send which you can find on the website or through facebook.
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