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:
$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
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