“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.” – Days for Girls
This month we wanted to find a service project that would help empower other women. As soon as learned about Days for Girls we knew this was the organization we wanted to work with this month. Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that produces and distributes reusable sanitary kits to women and girls in developing countries.
In May we launched our #didsomething campaign with our first initiative which was to help those currently experiencing homelessness. While researching which items were most needed in our blessing bags we discovered that women were most in need of socks and sanitary supplies. It’s embarrassing to admit, but it had never crossed our minds that women were in need of pads and tampons. We were so used to having access to these materials that we forgot that they are actually luxuries that aren’t afforded to everyone.
The privilege for women experiencing homelessness in America is that sanitary supplies are usually available for them somewhere for free or they can save money and buy a large box that will last a few months. However, for women in developing countries, the main problem isn’t that they simply can’t afford sanitary supplies. It’s that they don’t even access to them. Girls all around the world are missing up to 2 months of schooling due to menstruation and several are forced to drop out of school completely once they being menstruating.
Days for Girls isn’t just giving girls those days back they are giving them their lives back. We were so honored to be able to participate and help this wonderful organization by spending a morning learning how to make the shields for the sanitary kit. If you would like to help make a huge difference in the lives of women and girls everywhere, head over to Days for Girls to learn how you can get involved.