A few months ago I was poking around online and came across a site for the grassroots non-profit project called Days For Girls. From the second I read their action plan, and subsequently their entire site in that first sitting, I knew it was something that I wanted to be a part of.
Days For Girls was founded in 2008 by Celeste Mergens after working in a Kenyan orphanage and noticing that the girls weren’t educated about their menstrual cycles nor equipped to deal with it (no feminine hygiene products available to them).
This feminine hygiene program’s motto is: Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Their vision is for every girl and woman in the world to have feasible access to quality sustainable hygiene and health education by the year 2022. Like I said before, I’m on board 100%.
Days for Girls volunteers produce reusable menstrual cycle kits. The program has already sent kits to over 60,000 girls in over 60 countries worldwide. These kits last approximately three years and have literally changed the lives of many girls and young women who before had to skip school and/or work due to their menstrual cycles. This in turn has resulted in lower school drop-out rates in many areas as well as a lot less lost income for days missed at work.
Days for Girls is also very active in helping set up local sewing cooperatives and teaching the local women how to make the kit components themselves.
After writing back and forth with their International Chapter Liaison Cindy Murdock I started up one of Europe’s first Days For Girls teams. So, I’m now official and couldn’t be prouder! I’ve been busy cutting, sewing and gathering supplies for kits and luckily I have a fantastic group of friends who are happily getting involved and helping me out.
A project that helps girls and women in need and that involves sewing? A match made in heaven for me.
If you are interested in becoming involved or donating supplies contact Days for Girls here (or look here for a team or chapter near you). If you’re living in Italy or even Europe and would like to help out my team by sewing kit components or donating supplies (cotton, flannel, ribbon, miniature soaps, new cotton underpants or facecloths) contact me at VareseItaly@daysforgirls.org. I’d love to hear from you.