This is my 5th year with Days for Girls and I am happy to say I have seen the change! I have gone to India and taught the program over the last four years, and I have watched girls gain the confidence they need to go a little further in school, stand up for themselves, and say no when appropriate! This has kept me going! I am so happy to serve.
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!!!
I have been involved as a team leader in Brigham City, UT with Days for Girls International for about 2 1/2 years. It has been a privilege to work with this organization. They continually strive for a Golden Standard in all that they do. Their heart and soul goes into each and every kit component that they make; always striving to meet the needs of menstruating school girls so that the girls can stay in school during their periods. Also, when someone donates to a DFG chapter or team, 100% of the money goes towards making the kits. Everything is done by volunteer workers.
I Love Days for Girls. I am the Chapter Leader for The Medford OR Chapter and I can not say enough about how great it has been to volunteer for this non profit. I love what I do and the people I get to spend time with. I believe we are making a difference in the world for girls and women. My chapter has grown so this is an old picture, but I adore these women.
Fulfilling a great need world wide! This is a project all women can relate to and everyone can make a meaningful contribution. To me, that is one of the beauties of this organization. Although sewing is involved, there are a lot of opportunities for non sewers to make significant contributions. The education at distribution is an important factor in improving the lives of women and girls around the world.
Here in Shrewsbury MA we got involved over 3 years ago starting with a group of about 10. We have grown to over 40 people showing up twice a month to sew and pack and everything in between. We are so inspired that several of our team have traveled to developing countries to teach and distribute kits. The love and joy that goes into supporting women worldwide is indescribable. Thank you Days for Girls for caring so deeply for dignity and respect for girls and women.
I first found out about Days for Girls while working on a women's empowerment project in Laos. We found a huge need for menstrual health education and access to products. I was able to witness first hand the impact of the DfG kits and education on the lives of the women and girls in our program and also see the inspiring group of local women who led our DfG partnership project shine as local leaders on MHM in their communities! This is what I love about DfG; their focus on quality MH education, washable reusable sanitary pads that last on average 2-3 years and empowering local leadership! The feedback we have received from the Lao women and girls has been incredible. "In the past, we didn't have anything to use when we had our period, sometimes not even underwear. It wasn't comfortable. We couldn't work hard when we had our periods. Now we can carry bamboo, work hard, and go anywhere! We're very happy." Another said "Before, I didn't want to even sit down, but now I can do anything!" and my personal favorite, "I can't wait to have my period now!", showing how DfG Kits and education can break stigmas and help turn menstruation into something positive and natural
for girls and women all over the world!
Days for Girls is one of the strongest menstrual health NGOs in the world. Their grassroots approach is inclusive to all and their core values of local leaders is truly inspiring
Inspiring group! Quality efforts in all that they do!
I know that my efforts to support them are appreciated and not wasted!
I saw Days for Girls in a short FB post and jumped in.... in a year, we have over 100 sewing/packing volunteers. To be able to lend our skills to help girls and women around the world is most fulfilling! To see the smiles on the faces of the recipients brings us untold joy! We are changing their lives for the better, one girl at a time. As a team leader, I'm constantly amazed at the passion and dedication our team exhibits... and we know the girls feel the love as well.
I was retiring after working 37 years for a major aerospace company. After much research looking for a non-profit to support I found Days for Girls.
It has changed my life. Knowing that my team and I are helping girls stay in school makes my heart happy as I move into this next phase of my life.
Getting local girls involved is a joy!
As a Days for Girls volunteer, it has been a great joy to me, to make and send sustainable feminine hygiene kits to girls who otherwise aren't able to stay in school because of a perfectly natural process. It's also been very rewarding to share the Days for Girls story with other people who, like me, have always taken for granted that feminine hygiene products are available to everyone and raise awareness of this important issue. The educational component, teaching about reproductive health, that goes along with each kit distribution is also so very important to the girls and women receiving the kits. And---the main office is so supportive of the volunteers.
By providing one of the most basic needs (feminine hygiene) to girls and women all over the world Days for Girls is giving them the opportunity to learn about their reproductive stystem, how to care for their bodies and have a cost effective product to use every month, so they can attend school or work. During the health training they are taught that when they start their period they are not dying, but it is an amazing part of growing up, how a baby is created, and personal safety. Days for Girls is an amazing organization that bringing greater dignity, knowledge and health to girls and women around the world.
My name is Diana Nelson, and I first learned about Days for Girls when living in Bangkok, Thailand. I had lived overseas and traveled extensively and never once did I think what women and girls were doing to manage their menstruation until I heard Celeste Mergen's (founder of DfG) give a speech in Hong Kong. Learning what some women and girls were going through, and how they were being treated because of something that was natural was hard for me to understand. I knew I had to get involved. I now live in South Africa and get to see, first hand, how DfG Kits are literally changing lives. I was just able to follow up with women and girls who had received their DfG 1-2 years earlier and heard from them the difference this little bag has made in their lives. The young girls now don't miss school, the older women can now attend meetings, travel, and not feel shame or worry that they smell or will leak. All of them reported no more infections since using their DfG washable pads. I love that this is a problem that can be fixed and that it is changing lives by creating more dignity and opportunity for those who receive DfG menstrual education and washable pads. I included two pictures that I took at my last DfG Distribution because I think it captures how these girls and women feel about getting a DfG washable pad that they know will make all the difference in their lives.
Days for Girls Macedon Ranges put together a shipment of menstrual products for our Church to send to South Africa. They did a truly wonderful job to help the girls in a mission our Church supports. These packs have made a huge difference in hygiene & health for the poorest of poor communities. It was a joy to work with Days for Girls Macedon Ranges. They are doing a wonderful job for a non profit organisation & helping countless girls regain days & dignity.
A lady came to speak at my church. I was so moved by the story she told. She said girls were banished from their homes or made to stay on their beds sitting on cardboard until they were done menstrating. That meant they couldn't go to school. She touch something in me. There was a homade solution. I have been sewing since I was 5. This was my calling from God. I could make a difference in a girls life. I've been sewing every day ever since. This group is honestly the best thing to happen to me. They are shaking the world up by educating everyone about a normal body function.
After a year long trip around the world, I started to look for opportunities to give back. This resulted in helping start a girls school in a remote region of Nepal. Not surprising, this has been an incredible experience but one thing that I never thought of was what they did when they had their periods. So when I heard about Days for Girls I immediately wanted to learn more about their solution. What I found was their focus on quality education, pads and empowering local leadership. Watching a local young Nepal woman teach the girls at my school was amazing. I will never forget their faces as they listened during her health education class and then handing out DfG Kits that last 3 years. Thanks to Days for Girls, they will not miss school due to not having supplies during their periods. Love their approach of celebrating to shatter the silence.
This organization has goals to reach all girls and women educating them about their bodies and helping them continue their education. Magnificent!!!
Days for Girls helps not only girls from 3rd world countries stay in school (which is awesome) but also gives OUR girls and women great skills. Everyone feels better when we can help others
Stumbled upon this organization 3 years ago and was immediately drawn in by the startling facts about the world-wide lack of feminine hygiene products and the consequences which that lack causes in regard to the education of girls around the world. Girls need to be able to stay in school and reach their highest potential. What a waste of intellect if only the male 1/2 of the population receives a full education. I was instrumental in getting a volunteer group started in my church. We have been sewing items for the hygiene kits and raising awareness of this organization for 3 years. We now have 30 volunteers coming from 6 towns meeting on a monthly basis. We are proud to be a part of this effort and also applaud the organization's effort to teach women to create these products for themselves.
Five stars! Helping girls stay in school around the world by giving them feminine hygiene kits is a winner. The volunteers giving of their time are passionate and committed and the kits get to the girls along with education on what is happening with their bodies. A truly wonderful organization.
DfG International is beyond amazing. Here are a few reasons why:
1st - the cause it supports is a cause that humans don’t like to talk about, but DfG talks about it anyway.
2nd - well organized through and through - the entire organization is complicated, but, as a volunteer, I never feel it.
3rd - easy to reach who you need - from the CEO to a local volunteer. People are findable via email and reachable and they reply!
4th - impressive communications - their website and social media are well organized and user friendly and SO informative.
5th - the organization stays relevant and current all the time - up to date!
6th - the work makes an amazing positive difference in people’s lives around the WORLD! It is amazing. From the volunteer making a menstrual hygiene kit to the girl or women across the globe improving her lifestyle with that very kit.
Sooooo many more reasons to love, respect and ‘root’ for DfG!!!!!!!
I’m with the Pittsburgh Chapter! We sew every Wednesday from 10am to 7pm in Third Presbyterian Church 5701 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232. We have “sew” much fun! Call 412-661-4710 and ask for Karie. I would love to talk to you about the wonderful work DFG does. We are inspired by the ways in which access to menstrual products can change the world. Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.
When I first learned what young ladies in underdeveloped countries used to cope with their menstrual flow, I just couldn't wrap my head around it. I still can't. But now, I sew these wonderful, reusable Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits to help make their lives a little easier, to educate them about their bodies, but best of all, keep them in school to help break the chain of poverty. I'm proud to play a small part in solving a big problem.
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.
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.