Days For Girls/Cedar City Chapter/ Kits For Bolivia

For: Girls in Bolivia/Menstruation Hygiene Kits
Cedar City, UT
Organizer: Jenni Wilson, Days For Girls Chapter Leader
Days For Girls/Cedar City Chapter/ Kits For Bolivia (Girls in Bolivia/Menstruation Hygiene Kits)
$550
of $1,500 goal.
Raised by 7 donors
36% Complete

The Story

Days For Girls creates reusable menstruation hygiene kits for girls all over the world, who miss school and don't have clean materials to manage their periods. We are creating 1000 kits to take to Bolivia on a humanitarian trip this June with World Village, a doctor's non-profit group.

The cycle of poverty is broken when girls stay in school. What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school? Days of isolation? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find...but still miss up to 2 months of education and opportunity every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world!

After distribution of Days For Girls Kits, school absence rates dropped from 36% to 8% in Uganda, and 25% to 3% in Kenya. In India, 1 in 4 girls drop out of school when they start menstruating. It's a taboo subject to talk about, so many girls think there is something wrong with them when they start their periods. They think they may be sick.

So we get to go to Bolivia and teach the girls there that their bodies are beautiful and they can create life. We will teach them that they shouldn't be ashamed of this cycle of life, and that all women have it. We will teach them about their periods and how to use these kits that we are creating for them. We also teach about cleanliness and self-defense.

This is an amazing organization and project! The kits are created so that they will last 2-4 years. They consist of shields with a moisture-proof barrier (that snap around bottom of underwear), liners that can be stacked as needed, underwear, plastic zip bags for washing, a washcloth, soap, and a cute bag to carry it all in. My husband and I are taking 3 children at $2K each on the Bolivia trip, and providing the duffle bags to transport the kits down in.

Here is the rundown on how we will use these tax deductible funds:
$1450 Underwear
$100 Plastic ziploc bags (this is only half of what we need, but I will be collecting from my community for the other half)
$200 PUL - waterproof fabric
$100 Ribbon for bags
$72 Snaps and Snappers for snaps on shields
$45 Days For Girls Labels
$160 Educational Charts
$373 Fabric for shields and liners (we are counting on actual donations for more fabric)
Total=$2500 And whatever extra is needed for the kits, will be covered by Mike and I  :)

Here is the Facebook chapter page- https://www.facebook.com/DaysForGirlsCedarCity

Every girl. Everywhere. Period.

For more information, go to www.DaysForGirls.org
​c 2015   Days for Girls is a non-profit 501c3    EIN  45-3934671  1610 Grover Street Suite B-22   Lynden, WA 98264  USA

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 15, 2016

Posted on August 15, 2016

We had a successful trip to Bolivia to distribute our Days For Girls kits to hundreds of girls there! The schools we visited didn't have any big rooms, so we had to cram as many girls as possible into one school room, usually 60-100 of them. One time a girl fainted in the back and had to be carried out, but she rejoined us after a few minutes. We had to guard the windows to keep the curious boys away. We taught the girls about their cycles, good hygiene, female and male anatomy, the act of sex, sex trafficking, self defense, and proper care the the menstruation kits we were giving them. I wasn't that excited to teach them about sex, but then I realized that there were probably girls in every room that had been sexually abused. So it's important to help them realize the dangers of walking alone and knowing what could happen to them if they aren't careful. It's very empowering information, and I realized that after we taught all the principles. We also trained nurses to teach the girls and distributed kits after we left. These lessons will continue to be taught by the nurses over this next year.

I also discovered that the communities there have a sewing center that anyone can use. So we can help the women and teenage girls there to be able to sew their own kits for personal use, and as a business to sell them. This is called an enterprise, and I want to start them not only in Bolivia, but also in Peru and Nicaragua! I have a group of ladies from my local area who want to go on a trip, so I may be going to Nicaragua in the spring, and then Bolivia and Peru in the summer again. We made contacts in Cusco, Peru, so we are planning to do distribution there and in the Sacred Valley next year! I'm so excited and grateful for everyone's help and contributions!

So what do we need to make all these amazing things happen?? We need more help sewing and assembling kits, and we need donations! We need to buy materials for the kits we are making, and also to start the enterprises so the women can start making their own kits! So if you are able, please contribute to this great cause, and empower the girls and women in South America!

Every girl. Everywhere. Period.

Posted on June 13, 2016

Posted on June 13, 2016

Still accepting donations for this wonderful project! We are soooo close, that I know we'll reach our goal of 1000 kits, but we will still need to pay for materials. So please donate what you can, as this will be an ongoing project. Even SUU will be getting involved at some level. We have a big event tomorrow, to finish sewing, assembling and packing several hundred kits. All help is so appreciated!

Posted on May 26, 2016

Posted on May 26, 2016

doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is going to match our funds for Days For Girls!! We need your generous donations by June 10, so we can get the funds we need to get our 1000 kits and materials paid for! We ARE going to reach our goal of taking 1000 kits to the girls in Bolivia, and the financial requirement will be light if we all contribute. Please consider giving what you can, and our local ladies will continue working hard to get the final amount of kits sewn and created. Thank you, thank you for supporting this great project!!

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