Days For Girls - Information Session
When: 21 March 2018
Where: Crumbz Craft, 236 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
Come along to a free 1-hr information session and hear about Days for Girls, which assists girls all over the world who don't have access to sanitary wear when they menstruate. One of our customers Anne Galletti, is a Team Leader in the Yarra Valley Chapter of Days for Girls and she'll tell you how you can get involved in making sanitary wear items so that girls and women can live dignified lives.
Days for Girls began in 2008 when Celeste Mergens was assisting at an orphanage on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya. The population at the orphanage had swelled from 400 children to 1,400 and Celeste realised that when they menstruated, the girls had no sanitary napkins, so were forced to sit on cardboard for the duration of their period, often going without food.
She thought - I'll get them disposable sanitary pads, but quickly discovered that without anywhere to dispose of the pads, this wasn't viable. She and her team designed a washable, long-lasting pad and since then, the pad has become a kit which has undergone 28 iterations thanks to extensive feedback, in order to meet unique cultural and environmental conditions in communities throughout the world. It soon became clear just how huge a difference hygiene solutions make in assisting women and girls to break the cycle of poverty and live lives of dignity.
Today, Days for Girls has reached more than 1 million women and girls in 116+ countries with DfG Kits and menstrual health education. This translates into over 115 million days of dignity, health, and opportunity for girls worldwide!
Would you like to help? If so, can you:
- Sew components - shields, liners, bags
- Donate - fabric, girls underpants, face washers, large zip lock bags, funds
- Join or start your own Day's for Girls chapter or team
- Raise awareness of the issues and Day's for Girls program