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Days for Girls International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Health, Public Health, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Days for Girls’ mission is to reverse the cycles of poverty and violence by building efficient, direct and effective means for girls and women worldwide to improve their dignity, health and standing in their communities with access to sustainable menstrual care and health knowledge for every girl and woman. Everywhere. Period.

Results: Days for Girls International has helped over 1,000,000 women live with independence by providing washable feminine hygiene solutions to impoverished women who had previously gone without.

Target demographics: girls and women have more opportunity, health and dignity

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200,000 women and girls

Geographic areas served: global communities on 6 continents

Programs: Days for Girls International is creating a more dignified, humane and sustainable world for girls and women through advocacy, sustainable feminine hygiene and menstrual health awareness, education.. Women and girls discover their potential and self-value, are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive, grow and contribute to their community’s betterment while ensuring quality sustainable feminine hygiene for every woman and every girl. Everywhere. Period.

Community Stories

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great programme! I have a 15 year old daughter and we forget how easy it is to buy products in Australia. This has really opened our eyes to what girls in other countries have to deal with. I love to craft so knitting and sewing for such a great cause is a win/win. I also love how there are so many chapters so I was able to find one in Sydney and feel like I am making a real difference! Thanks so much DfG!

1 Karen236

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most phenomenal organizations I have ever had contact with. It is an example of how a grass-roots, all-volunteer movement can chage the world and help women and girls lift themselves out of poverty and shame. In addition to serving women and girls around the world, this organization is changing the conversation about women's bodies in a positive way everywhere. One of the strengths of the organization is the passion with which volunteers willingly serve: it is a delight to know that this is meaningful and life-changing work: for volunteers and recipients alike.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Days for Girls has employed a practical solution to a problem that has been overlooked for centuries: that women who lack basic hygiene are victims of a cycle that keeps them uneducated and oppressed. Europe has long understood the connection between Menstrual Hygeine Management (MHM) in developing countries, and it is exhilarating that DFG has stepped up to the Body Positive message in the process of addressing MHM, systemic misogyny, and attendant poverty. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so passionate for this cause! Every woman I tell about it has that "moment of pause" where they consider what their life as a girl would have been like, if they had to miss school every time they had their period; after that moment, they always want to know what they can do to help. This charity is especially empowering because it doesn't just give sustainable hygiene supplies, it also teaches girls and women how to make their own, to create their own income and lift their communities. You couldn't pick a better cause to devote money and time to.

CelesteMergens

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a privilege it is to serve with Days for Girls. It never ceases to amaze me how much of an impact this program makes and how direct and effective it is. I am truly honored to volunteer with the thousands of amazing volunteers around the globe that help empower girls and women to live with more opportunity, dignity and health.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been working in Africa for awhile, long enough to see NGO's come and go--some having spent a lot and made no contributions, while othersade things worse, DFG is that rare organization that not only dramatically changes lives of the women they serve, but the people who volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Days for Girls International has helped open my eyes to a need all around the world. I'm so impressed at how fast this organization has grown and how many countries it serves. The challenge to simply provide sanitary cloths to girls around the world is amazing but in addition has saved lives and put girls in school how awesome is that! Imagine the positive impact on countries having smart and healthy girls and women leading the next generation and being role models for the current generation if funding were available.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to the knowledge of this wonderful non-profit organization from my daughter who lives in Lynden. She is an active member of this group, "days for girls". I can think of no better way in which to help these girls than to provide the pads they need in order to be able to go to school. Their education is a vital part of their mental health and growth and a way out of their sometimes desperate situations. I am a retired R.N. and I can definitely appreciate the physical health benefits from the use of the "days for girls pads". I feel sure that these girls have a lot of love and gratitude in their hearts for those who give their time and efforts toward this program. My contribution is that of a donor and I have great admiration for those who give of their time and talents to this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Days for Girls approximately 2 years ago and immediately knew I wanted to get involved. What this group accomplishes is utterly amazing and totally necessary. Celeste and her Band of Merry Women (and Men) are filling such a vital need across the Globe and I'm happy and honored to be a part of it.

3 Karen217

Board Member

Rating: 5

In July 2013, one woman from Days for Gils (Melissa) came to Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala ' ILAG, as part of a delegation. She brought the project to make sanitary products in the form of cloth sanitary pads that are washable and reusable, we somplete that project in one of the villages that ILAG attend in Guatemala, in the rural area. These communities are conformed by indigenous people, and they have all sort of needs. Guatemala´s society is dominated mostly by man, women are let behind, and this was a very good project that all of the women in that village enjoyed. Now, we are trying to take this project to all of the communities that ILAG visit, so women can improve that important part in their lives. As a woman, I know that period of our lives is very sensitive, very important, and I know that "Days for girls" is making a big difference. Days for Girls, has taken the time to improve women lives, they have been aware of women needs, in communities where nobody cares about it. I hope "Days for girls" will keep doing this great reach as they have done so far. We as women, will keep having our period, it is something we can not hide, dissaper or avoid. May be we wont talk about it, or we are not allow to talk about it, but it is happening, and we need to take care of that, because it is an important need in women`s life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2010 I went to Kenya with a group to assist in establishing sustainable living practices in a village of orphans. This wonderful group of school aged girls and boys opened my eyes to the great needs that both have in life where they are. but in particular, the great need that the girls have in order to stay in school and keep pace with their studies. The girls in every society in these rural areas, as well as the non-rural areas, do not have access to feminine hygiene products to be able to stay in school, complete their work and participate fully in their lives.
Days for Girls at this time was supplying a simple solution to this normal bodily function in the form of cloth sanitary pads that are washable and reusable. We distributed these to the girls in the local villages & had a small group of volunteers to sew. These reusable pads provided an immediate solution and at the same time addressed so much more. The girls are provided with the health education along with this time of maturation. This is a vital part that creates a sense of pride and dignity in being a woman.
While visiting this and other schools the kits were received with great enthusiasm and gratitude. The cloth pads are made by volunteers around the globe. They are reusable and provide up to 3 years of use with proper care. Each kit contains shields, liners, soap, washcloth, panties and a freezer bag for cleaning and storage. The girls are educated in the care of the Days for Girls kits during each distribution.
This organization, Days for Girls International is growing and is actually saving the lives of girls & women around the globe. They no longer are compromised. No longer do they sit in their room waiting or feel the need to choose inappropriate means of addressing their menses situation. The women supporting Days for Girls in huge and we all know that by joining together as volunteers we can make a difference for girls and women everywhere who don't have access to feminine hygiene products.

1 Staci R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with DFG for about two years now. I made a New Year's Resolution to do more volunteer work, and I chose Days for Girls. I didn't know it then, but that choice changed my life. I have now been part of the distribution of thousands of kits worldwide. As a mother of three girls, this project hits home in a very personal way. Every day my enthusiasm grows for the cause that DFG is fighting. Every time I explain our program to a woman, I see the light of global sisterhood. Most are unaware that something as "everyday" as feminine hygiene can change a girl's life, and that if a community, in thousands of ways.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think the work of Days for Girls is amazing and a necessity to women around the world. Its so impressive to see a small nonprofit make such a huge global impact. They are helping women get the dignity and respect they deserve and empowering them to reach for their stars and go for their dreams.

I've had the privilege of distributing kits in Africa, and I got to see first hand the look on young girls' faces receiving kits, and the gratitude and excitement over the kits is incredible!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing to think that the work that Days for Girls does helps girls stay in school! There is nothing more important than education and the fact that they enable girls who would not otherwise be able to attend school to be able to go is just amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had no idea that feminine hygiene is such an issue in Africa and Days for Girls completely opened my eyes. DFG has played a pivotal role in both educating us in the United States about the problem and helping young girls stay in school so they can help their families and communities!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Days For Girls fulfill a pressing need in the world and do a wonderful job! They make such an impact both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard that girls sit in their rooms on cardboard and wait...I knew that I wanted to be a part of the solution to get feminine hygiene kits into the hands of all of the women and girls that needed them. I have been volunteering with Days for Girls for almost 4 years. It has been a life changing experience. Days for Girls is providing a sustainable solution for women worldwide. Empowering them. Educating them. Loving Them. If there were more than 5 stars...Days for Girls would get every one of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Days for Girls 4 years ago. I had heard of so many needs in the world and always felt powerless to do anything. I am a sewest and when I learned that I could do something simple from my sewing room that was so powerful for women in need, I became committed to the cause. What would it be like if I had nothing to take care of my menstrual cycle? A basic human need could not be met? I sewed like crazy for a couple of weeks to help for an upcoming distribution. My daughter and 9 year old Granddaughter helped. We talked about the girls and women we would be helping. It was a rich time for us to work and love together. Since that October 4 years ago I have learned to help with the website, reached out to find materials, formed a local Chapter, and now function on the International team as a liaison with chapters throughout the world. What a blessing it has been to serve with the women and men of Days for Girls International. We are having a positive impact on so many women in the world. Still sometimes I wonder who is more blessed by this charity; those women in need or me.

4 Ann_51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became a believer in the effectiveness of this nonprofit when I saw them begin to meet the need for sustainable hygiene products and health education in my city in the United States. I did not want to believe that girls in America miss school because they cannot access feminine hygiene products. Seeing the thank you letters from the girls and the gratitude of the school nurses made me a supporter.

2 Monica15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me envolvi como voluntaria al leer publicacion en un grupo de Facebook, de inmediato alguien mas se intereso y decidimos hacer nuestro aporte, e invitamos a otras personas del grupo a unirse y asi aportar mas. Yo no habia tocado mi maquina de coser en mucho tiempo, no sabiamos bien como hacerlo, a donde enviarlo, pero al conocer la pagina de daysforgirls, y ver los testimonios de vida de esas chicas nos animaron mas. Asi conoci a Jessica, a Elsie, a Ann, a Shirley y nos reunimos a coser. El grupo crecio, y ahora queremos envolver mas gente, pues sentimos la urgencia de cada nina por salir adelante, queremos cambiar sus vidas, liberarlas!!! Nos apasiona poder formar parte de este proyecto!

5 Jessica54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Days for Girls thanks to a friend who mentioned the work this organization does for so many girls, young ladies and women in impoverished communities. It's mission spoke to me because I , as a woman and a mother, also have the desire to empower women and help every girl feel proud and blessed of being female, menstruation and all. The idea to contribute was presented at a Facebook group and we decided to make 10 full kits, which turned out to be 25 (thanks to the support and collaboration of all the wonderful ladies in the group). Since then we have sent several more donations, and have also opened the first Spanish- speaking Days for Girls Chapter (Days for Girls Puerto Rico) of which, I'm proud to say, I'm the director... There are so many ways to contribute for those who sew and even those who don't. Donations of kit's essentials, and also fabric, are always welcome and encouraged. To say more, we have a friend and volunteer who is our official sitter and entertainer at sewing events (she's a professional clown). This goes to show that there is a niche for every skill at Days for Girls. What we do is life-changing on both ends, we as volunteers feel the satisfaction of sharing our gifts and being able to help and give these girls (and women) an opportunity and dignity; and the young ladies that receive this get back what has been taken from them: freedom and self-worth!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to Days for Girls as a means to get kits to Sustain Haiti. They filled 2 of my large suitcases as part of the undieground railroad. Once I no longer was the primary caregiver for my mother I became involved and have sewed liners, donated fabric, worked on donations. It keeps the passion as you see the faces of the girls who are so thrilled to finally have a sustainable solution to staying in school or being able to work. This lifts the girls possibilities for better lives. What a thrill to see the constant growth of this organization, not only with volunteers, but also teaching the girls and women in country how to make their own. They are so empowered.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted DFG after learning of an immediate need for feminine hygiene supplies for Marol Academy South Sudan. The replies I received were warm and supportive. Although I had very limited funds and my donation was only a tiny fraction of the cost of what they provided, my request for 300 kits was filled and shipped quickly to meet my deadline. 100% of my donation went to create even more kits.

I was so impressed with my experience with Days for Girls that my daughter and I have begun sewing kit components. It has been a great lesson for my daughter who has been turned away from other organizations for being "too young to volunteer". She has a real grasp now on how blessed she is and she and I both love knowing that we are making a real difference in the world.

7 Michele2345

Client Served

Rating: 5

Days for Girls provided 100 feminine hygiene kits for our nonprofit, Orphans Africa, to distribute on our annual trip to Tanzania. The young women received the kits amidst cheers, clapping, and plenty of smiles. Days for Girls did what they said they would do -- they constructed the kits and delivered them on time, helping us to change a little part of our world. Thanks to Days for Girls, and to their extended network of volunteers. (Visit http://on.fb.me/nqbBjq to see photos of the girls receiving their kits. Oh happy day!!!)

Michele Torrey, Secretary-Treasurer, www.orphansafrica.org

3 Gentree M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Days for Girls is an amazing non-prophet organization that truly helps women in need. I have seen it evolve from the beginning ideas to what it is today! It's amazing to watch it in action and to see all of the kits and various things that are donated!! This is a wonderful way to reach out and help those sweet women around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just one year ago I started working with Days for Girls International (DFGI). I never knew there were young girls and women without the means to care for themselves during their menstrual periods. The result is many girls drop out of school. There are those who suffer terrible infections and illness from using unsanitary rags and even tree bark and leaves. In the book " Half the Sky", Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn state:

"We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world. ... We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women's power as economic catalysts."

In the past, I have often felt heartsick thinking there is nothing I can do to help with such a large problem. When I found Days for Girls International, I found a way that I could help other women in need with the skills I have in the familiarity of my own studio. Never have I felt that something so small could have such a direct impact on the conditions and peace in our world.

3 Sybilann W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Days for Girls is a marvellous charity that addresses a very important issue: girls in developing countries miss up to a quarter of their education or drop out altogether for lack of simple supplies for their periods. By sewing simple kits that include washable pads and a waterproof liner, that are put together with a pair of panties, a washcloth, and a bar of soap, volunteers all over the world can contribute to giving back days of education for girls. The kits are taken by groups travelling to Africa, Asia, Central and South America, or wherever the need is. DFG volunteers have a strong sense of community and purpose, and the Facebook page is a great source of inspiration and encouragement. Regular updates with pictures keep volunteers up to date with developments. All of the donations, in kind or monetary, go directly to helping the girls. In addition, microenterprises are set up to help local women make the kits in country, raising their incomes and helping them keep their own children in school.
As a person who loves to sew, my life has been enriched through my creating such simple items which have such a huge impact on lives across the world. As I sew I try to imagine the girls who will receive the kits I contibute to; will they become teachers, nurses, doctors, scientists, because they were able to stay in school?

2 Diana I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been looking for years for an effective way to help women in developing countries reach their full potential all the days of the month. I was overjoyed when I discovered days for girls. The kits I help sew are effective and lovely. What a gift to give a women freedom from confinement during their periods and a chance to attend school or work every day. I can help from the comfort of my own home and still help internationally. I am very thankful for days for girls in my life.

1 Karen234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Days For Girls provides a great opportunity for volunteers to really make a difference for girls and women around the world. By providing washable feminine hygiene kits they help girls stay in school and women go to work during their periods each month.

Everyone can contribute--sewers can sew pads and liners. Travellers can collect soaps for the kits. Donors can send money for fabric and supplies. Individuals can provide baggies, pins, and washcloths.

By helping women and girls stay at work and school they become more empowered and independent, suffer less abuse, enjoy better health and are more likely to rise out of poverty.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been following DAYS FOR GIRLS since my sister's and I starting sewing kits for girls in developing countries. Something so simple for us to do has changed lives of these girls/women dramatically. I encourage you to just go to their website and read the testimonials there. Keep up the good work folks!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Days for Girls for less than a year, but I am so excited about this project that I plan to continue volunteering for many years to come.
I first became involved with Days for Girls by requesting 100 feminine hygenine kits to be included in the shipping container that our church was sending to our missionaries in Haiti. Days for Girls were quick to repond and the kits are now in Haiti being distributed. Since then I have wanted to give back to Days for Girls by telling others about them and sewing draw string bags, shields and pads for the feminine hygenine kits. These kits will be sent to 3rd world countries all over the world for girls and women that don't have access to proper menstral supplies. It gives me great pride in knowing that the items that my friends and sisters and I are making will help other women and girls stay at work and school and thereby make life better for their families and communities.
We have so much in North American and many females just need a little help to achieve. Won't you help too?
Contact www.daysforgirls.com or check them out of facebook. Together we can make things better, one girl at a time!!