3 years ago, I went to my first puberty class. After class, I asked my Mom, "What do women and girls do if they can't afford to buy these?" meaning tampons and pads. She didn't have an answer. I wanted to make little bags of pads to give away to the homeless. We researched a lot and found out that there wasn't anyone doing this for the girls. We also found out that we had almost 200 homeless girls in our school district who didn't have the hygiene products they needed to attend school or to participate confidently. My Mom came across an organization called Days for Girls. We wanted to help the homeless girls in our community, so we started a local Edmonds WA Chapter together. A month later, we were able to make the washable pads/ kits and give them to the girls. We haven't stopped sewing and my Girls Who Care Club even put on a dessert auction fundraiser a few years ago to help raise money for them. We raised almost $10,000. It is really great to be able to give back to other girls.
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I have never come across an organization, nonprofit or for-profit, that has a better bang-for-the-buck in improving the world. For around $10 (and a few hours of service) I can create a kit that enables girls to reclaim 180 days of days they likely would have missed school, days they might have sat alone at home, days they might have felt ashamed simply for being female. I get to literally roll up my sleeves and take part in creating a beautiful set of menstrual pads that prevent leaks, camouflage stains, and help a girl to care for her menstrual hygiene in privacy and with dignity.
Volunteers go into urban and rural settings, visiting schools and clinics and orphanages, teaching girls (some of whom knew nothing about menstruation until it happened to them) about the menstrual cycle that is the reason every human being on this planet. We teach how pregnancy happens, and how HIV is transmitted. We teach self-care and self-defense. We teach that menstruation is not a curse, or a disease. And that any one of them could be the next Oprah Winfrey, their nation's next national treasure.
Days for Girls International cuts to the heart of issues that keep families in poverty. It frees girls and women to discover their potential. It facilitates the goals of other worthy projects like school-building and combating maternal mortality. It has captured my passion and I embrace its audacious goal of "Every girl. Everywhere. Period." by 2020. There are so many problems in the world that are difficult to solve. This is not one of them. At the rate DfG is going, I believe that within my lifetime, every girl will have reasonable access to sustainable menstrual hygiene options that are affordable, comfortable, and dependable. Let's do this!
My experience with my local chapter fortifies my belief in good people. There is so much dedication it is infectious. I started participating because I remember how traumatic having your period can be at that age, and that was with supplies and support. I firmly believe that women use their education most often with their famiiles and communities and each girl deserves a chance to make their mark with a solid education background. These hygiene kits can make the difference in finishing school or dropping out. At the local level it is truly a volunteer effort.
I have been involved with humanitarian work since I was a child. My favorite charities are those that "feed a man a fish and teach a man to fish." Days for Girls does both.
I started volunteering with Days For Girls last year and I have. Ben so impressed by the culture of this organization! There is always someone available to answer questions quickly. They have a low overhead for running a nonprofit and the passion for their important purpose is phenomenal!
3 1/2 years ago, Girl Scout Troop 733 in Alachua, Florida started using Days for Girls patterns to make reusable, washable menstrual supplies. After the kits made it to Kenya, we received thank you notes from 72 school girls and realized this was not just a one time project - eventually we became the Alachua County Chapter of DFG. Our kits have been distributed all over the planet and we have personally set up enterprises in Kenya, Malawi, and Peru - about to go to Nepal next. This is one of the best nonprofits to volunteer with! And what we are doing has incredible impact on girls and women around the world. We are now even making kits for local women. photo is of girls in Guatemala receiving kits we made. other photo is of two of our Girl Scouts sewing. videos are of the Giampampo School headmaster and Dulkit in Kenya speaking about how the kits are helping her and her friends.
I have been sewing with days for girls for over a year. I jus started a team in my town. It is the most rewarding experience. I am so appreciative of my education, and I can't imagine a girl being held back by her period! I love giving girls back days!!!!!
This is an incredible group. Selflessly giving so much time material and money to help girls stay in school and teach girls and women about themselves.
Check them out to see what a low overhead they work with and what they are doing with the Enterprise system teaching people to make their own feminine hygeine products and more to sell and then be able to support themselves and others! It is incredible what Days for Girls is doing around the world.
I was introduced to Days for Girls at a convention. I was intrigued by their story. The next year we were able to hear from them again. I was with my daughter and we both felt that we needed to get involved, so we started a team in our area. The more we talk about Days for Girls, the more that people around us get excited and want to join our efforts. We started our team in November and now just 4 months later, we are close to assembling 100 kits to send to Nepal in June. We have been touched by the amazing work that this organization does and that it has the ability to bring together people from all over the world in a cause that is truly making a difference!!! We love Days for Girls!!!
I haven't come across a greater "bang for your buck" non profit. People from all over the world are volunteering their time, donating fabric and money, all to keep girls in school. Because when given the opportunity, the girls do all the rest.
I have been a team leader for about 3 years. I love sewing and volunteering for Days For Girls. Supporting a girl to stay in school, helping a displaced refugee gives me the feeling of helping someone I do not know. I love this feeling. I have a small team and we have been able to send over 300 kits out. That is 300 women and girls with a life, a story that we have hopefully made a little better.
Working with Days for Girls has been amazing!Edication for girls abroad and people here in the states! All of a sudden I am teaching teenage boys at my daughters high school about feminine hygiene and doing corporate events; teaching men, women and teens all about how to respect each other, what women and girls are experiencing overseas and how we can help by giving a washable feminine hygiene kit! AMAzING!!!
Days for Girls provides reusable feminine hygiene kits for girls around the world to help them stay in school and thus reduce the poverty rate and give them a real chance at having successful lives. Sewing these kits blesses our girls too as they have a chance to serve and learn compassion for those without these basic supplies.
I heard about this organization and what they do three years ago. I was touched by how such a simple "to us" solution can really make a direct, instantaneous difference to a girl in need. How it changes her life by allowing her to stay in school everyday, become fully educated, and change the course of her life. How it can open her life to change and bettering it for herself, her family and her community. $10 for supplies and an hour for me to spend sewing to make a kit, and I CAN make a difference to someone in the world.
I started a chapter and began involving my other sewing friends and they have told their friends and their mothers and their sisters, and on and on, and now three years later we have spread the word to connections all over the country and into Canada. It is something we as females, who all have experienced the simple biological function of menstration can relate to.
We have all had moments that we find ourselves without when our period begins, but within a few minutes can find a restroom with toilet paper to substitute until we can get to an easy source of pads or tampons to solve our problem. What I have learned since being involved with DFG, most girls and women in the world don't even have that luxury of rolled up toilet paper! Nor a source of pads or tampons in another place or store around the corner. Most don't even have an idea of what to do when this bleeding begins, but just sit, literally sit and wait it out.
I have always loved sewing , and for 28 years sewn various things for humanitarian projects. But once I found this, I have fully committed my time (50-60 hours a week) to making these kits and teaching others to, because I know it makes a difference to each who receives it. I have feedback from every distribution our chapter sends out that it is so welcome , such an ingenious invention to make it simply, washable, sustainable, to resolve an ongoing dilemma to every girl born.
It's an easy project to do, it's great to share with my friends, and we love working on it together, and knowing every step we do, every time we share about the need, every hour we sew, we are doing something that contributes to making life better for one girl. It's very fulfilling and rewarding, knowing it matters to that one girl, and to the next. It's something we just can't stop doing, because there's always just one more girl we want to reach.
Days for Girls makes a huge impact in the world, not only through providing a simple hygiene solution that makes a difference for thousands of women and girls, but also through the way Days for Girls mobilizes volunteers and social entrepreneurs in order to accomplish this. Through its unique, hybrid approach, Days for Girls has reached 300,000 women and girls in over 100 countries. That's amazing! Days for Girls is proving that simple things really can make a world of difference. www.daysforgirls.org.
Days for Girls' mission is so simple, and that's why it's effective. Oftentimes the state of poverty in the world or the incredible challenges we face can seem daunting. However, sometimes solutions to these problems really are simple. Days for Girls breaks the cycle of poverty and lifts up women, girls, and communities through an innovative and effective way.
I'm over-the-top impressed with Days for Girls. I don't know how they serve so many around the globe with what seems so little. Everyone involved at DfG gives their 100% and more to reach girls and women around the world with opportunities they would never have had or even dreamed could be possible. The education, income, and leadership opportunities created by supporters of Days for Girls is changing the world. Period.
As an educator, speaker, consultant, and mom, I am thrilled to support DAYS FOR GIRLS INTERNATIONAL. I have seen them connect resources, raise awareness and mobilize grass roots volunteers to create thousands of sanitary hygiene kits. By networking with non-profit organizations that travel to third-world nations, they get kits to women, helping keep girls in school. I witnessed the collaboration of Days for Girls with Orphans Africa. Time and resources are precious to operations like these, and they don't waste a minute or a penny. They're small and serve so many with so little.
This organization impacts the lives of so many through the work they do. Imagine that girls and women that are missing in society for work, school, social events with family and friends, left in isolation can now participate fully! By providing feminine hygiene options, Days for Girls International provides needed supplies and the education that comes along with the supplies allowing these women and girls to fully integrate back into life in their workplace providing an income to take care of their families; education to young girls allowing them to be consistent in school, graduate and become leaders in their communities; and to participate fully in the family structure taking care of the needs of family for daily and special occasions.
Days for Girls provides more than the feminine hygiene products, they offer work opportunities through the Days for Girls Enterprises. When Days for Girls comes into a community they provide a needed products and guidance/education so that women are able to be self reliant for their income while working in the enterprises established in their communities. These enterprises teach and train the women to create feminine hygiene kits in their communities to create an income stream and the ability to help their communities. The women teach and train other women to create the kits and provide the health education as well.
This is truly amazing the gift and legacy Days for Girls provides.
Who would have thought that something so small could be at the root of poverty and so much pain and indignity?? Days for girls provides a solution that restores dignity, keeps girls in school and ultimately gives them options! The best part is that it is sustainable! Help this wonderful group change the world one pad at a time.
I am so impressed with this nonprofit. The way it has stretched and grown and helped so many women around the world. Well done!
Days for Girls uplifts, empowers, radiates love, strengthens women and inspires all.
Days for Girls has been apart of my life for years and I am constantly amazed at the love and compassion that it brings to women across the world and to the women whom make it happen right here. This project is truly inspired. What better cause than to help girls and women everywhere remember their true potential and cherish their divine nature? It has been a privledge watching this project influence so many and to be part of such an incredible cause.