In impoverished communities worldwide women and girls are using leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks ... anything they can find and use to keep from missing school or work while menstruating. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for money to buy supplies. And when there is nothing to use, they remain home, sitting on a rag for the duration of their period.
D4G helps girls gain access to quality reusable feminine pads by direct distribution of hygiene kits sewn by US volunteers. Personal hygiene kits allow girls and women to attend school and work when they are menstruating and can last for up to 3 years. Disposable hygiene items are expensive, difficult to distribute in rural areas, and add to waste management and sanitation problems.
The kit pattern D4G sews was developed by Days for Girls (daysforgirls.org). These life-changing kits cost only $10 to produce and include:
D4G has sent over 2,000 kits to Kenya since 2015. The hygiene kits have already proven to reduce school absenteeism, drop out rates and even early pregnancies! D4G has also provided funding to send a local seamstress to the Days for Girls University to learn to sew kits for her community.
Scroll down to learn about our distributing partners and see photos from Liberia
Dignity4Girls uses a pattern developed by Days for Girls International.
Dignity4Girls has shipped over 2,500 kits to the Sacred Center for Orphans and Widows in Kisii, Kenya. Sacred Center is under the direction of Robert Gutwa, a Kenyan social worker. Robert and his team of social workers and deaconesses have distributed the kits through the WASH program, where they make house calls to the most vulnerable, provide feminine hygiene education and also warn about the dangers of FGM.
Kits were also distributed to three girl's schools for the deaf, 20 schools and 35 churches.
1,400 kits have been shipped to Liberia, to schools operated by the Liberian Children's Ministry, under the direction of Joe Boway. Joe was born in the jungles of Liberia and as a child came to Christ through a missionary family. Due to civil wars, Joe and many others ended up in refugee camps. For 14 years civil war prevented most schools from operating; as a result, today more than half of the adults in Liberia are illiterate. Joe, who now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife and sons, created the Liberian Children's Ministry as a way to educate children in the jungle areas. Joe now oversees 14 schools and over 5,000 students!
Photo: a team from Elmhurst, Illinois, traveled to Liberia this past January to help distribute kits to school girls and teachers. The those who received the kits shared the importance of the snaps and how that will provide them the ability to move freely, even during their periods. A freedom they had not had before. Their previous restricted movements often caused embarrassment so the girls were very thankful.