Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Days for Girls

Just in case you think the flowers in the photo below are from my garden....they aren't real! I took a photo of them at a nursery while I was waiting for someone to meet me there :-) I thought they looked pretty. However, the problems that face a lot of young girls in many of the poorer countries of our world are very real.

A few months ago I was walking through one of our local shopping centres and saw a couple of ladies with something that looked like kits of sewn items. Of course, I had to stop and have a look but I was with my son and couldn't stay long as we were on our way home so I picked up one of the pamphlets they were giving out to browse through it when I got home. It was a promotion for a charity called Days for Girls which is an organisation that makes kits of sanitary products to send overseas to girls who are don't have any such items so are unable to attend school for several days every month which isn't good for their self image never mind their education.

To be honest, I had never heard of such an organisation and wasn't even aware that such a problem existed for these young girls. I started reading about the reason Days for Girls was started and couldn't believe what I read. Girls had no sanitary products so were using whatever they could find such as leaves, mattress stuffing,  newspaper, rocks, corn husks, banana leaves, feathers and cow dung.  One of them who was using corn husks had resulting untreated infections that were so severe the scarring created crippling adhesions.

In some schools the girls were given funds for hygiene if they agreed to have 'relations' with the director of their school. You can read some of there stories in Their Own Stories - Success and Achievement. 

This is a worldwide organisation and it is active here in Australia as well.  If you are an Aussie and want to help out check the map on this page to see if there is a group near you. There is also an Aussie Facebook page which you can read even if you are not on Facebook. Here is the USA map for my readers on the other side of the world.

I met up with a lady a few weeks ago who was coming to Toowoomba to deliver quite a few kits to our local group so I asked her to bring a kit with her so I could have a look at it. The photos aren't wonderful as we were in a coffee shop and I was trying to be discreet :-) 

You can read in the above photo about what is in a kit.

 There are instructions in the kit about how to care for and use the items enclosed. They are expected to last for about three years so need to be made well and from good quality fabric.

This pad gives you an idea of how the girls can make them thicker or thinner depending on their need. Then they can be washed as disposable sanitary items just aren't an option in many of these communities.

How can YOU help? Well here is a photo of a kit. 

You could help by donating:

100% cotton and flannelette fabrics 
Good used flannelette sheets
Size 8-14 underpants
Face washers
27x33 cm ziplock bags
Financial assistance
Direct Deposit - check out the details of your local Days for Girls group
You could also help with non-sewing tasks like packing, cutting and ironing and/or
Sewing kit components like shields, liners and bags.

What a wonderful organisation! As I said, I never even realised such a problem existed although I should have been aware of it as even the homeless ladies in our own country can find themselves without sanitary products and rely on using toilet paper from public toilets. I did mention this in a post last year and that Share the Dignity was formed to help them in their time of need. 

I hope we can all help out in a little way. No matter what our problems are there are always those who are disadvantaged and are much worse off than we are. Don't you agree?


  1. Thank you Nanna Chel, like you I hadn't heard of this organization or the reasons for being created. So glad to know that there are wonderful giving people in this world, so willing to help those in need. Guida

  2. Thanks for posting this Chel. It's a great service these women are doing to help less fortunate women in developing countries. I want to contribute so thanks for your clear details of how I can do that.

  3. Such an important issue isnt it? One we can soeasily take for granted here. We have members of our church who go over and train women how to sew the pads and help them set up little businesses to do it, so thatthey can then train more women and get the products to those that need them.

    Great links Chel,


  4. Wow, there are so many things we sit in comfort and never think of - thanks for the info and the links!


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