July 24 is approaching very fast. 2015 free medical camp will be here before we know it and there is still a lot to be done. Even though providing free treatment is the heart of this initiative, I also run side projects depending on the needs that I see. For the last 3 years, I have seen a need that I cannot neglect or assume I didn’t see.
Many girls like me can attest to the fact that sanitary pads are very expensive considering it is a monthly expenditure. There is a shame and disgrace that comes with situations where a girl has to miss school several days a month because of her monthly cycle and the lack of necessary items needed for that time. It is not just girls, but also women who have not reached menopause that are affected. Also, post-partum needs for a woman are highly disregarded. These new mothers or experienced mothers also need sanitary pads for a couple days. It might seem like a minute problem or insignificant but it is very important. The alternative methods of dealing with monthly cycles and post-partum bleeding are unsafe and put these ladies at high risk for multiple infections.
My way of dealing with this the last 2 years was to take suitcases filled with pads and panties and distribute them to the girls and women. However, this was a band-aid solution until I could figure something different.
So, here is the solution. Days for Girls, an organization here in the U.S came up with recycable pads. Sounds gross but it is NOT. It is safe, clean and economical. I just received my first box of starter kits which will be used as a teaching tool to teach young girls and women how to make their own pads.
I need sewing machines. If anyone is willing to donate. I want to set up a room where women and girls can come and learn how to make their own pads.Thank God for the blessing of a mother who is a seamstress (tailor) by profession and can teach the ladies how to make them. Each kit contains a drawstring bag; 2 panties; 8 absorbent trifold pads; 2 ziplocks; 2 moisture barrier shields; 1 wash cloth and 1 travel size soap.
The idea is to teach the girls and women how to make these pads and they can in turn teach their daughters, sisters, cousins e.t.c .For now I am supplying the materials needed for the project but I would be delighted to have anyone support this project by donating money to buy the fabric, moisture barrier shields, wash cloths, panties and sewing machines!
I am excited to start this project in Kenya this July and then in Congo where I also serve with Mwangaza International. Please consider donating not only to this but also to the medical camp. I am truly grateful for the support I have received so far. Have a lovely weekend everyone!!
Partnering With You,