Yesterday I attended a fundraiser afternoon tea for “Days for Girls”, my best friend Kelsie had invited me & I am so glad she did.
I had briefly heard about the work this organisation does – but I was keen to learn more & do my tiny bit to help, so I off I went to Dalby to attend this beautiful afternoon.
For those who don’t know what Days for Girls is, it is a non-profit organisation that has groups & chapters all over the world that raise funds to make & provide reusable sanitary hygiene kits to give to women in areas of need (Africa, India & Brazil).
Days for Girls is a feminine hygiene program for women less fortunate than us.
Periods happen to every woman in this world – it is a natural & normal process. Unfortunately though for some girls having their period means losing days of school, work & also being unable to leave the house. They are unable to afford or access sanitary products and resort to using things like leaves, rocks, corn husk, mattress stuffing & newspaper to try and make makeshift products to control the bleeding, the lack of education about menstruation also leads to shame & disgust.
Could you imagine this? We live in such a privileged country – to be honest I hardly think twice about how fortunate I am to have something so basic each time I apply a pad & read the trivia on the back of the packaging while being slightly annoyed at the inconvenience of “that time of the month” – yes, we are that spoilt our feminine hygiene products have trivia on them. Yet, there are women in the world using leaves and hiding away in shame because they are experiencing something so natural and normal. But due to lack of money & resources they can’t access basic products to use during their period so they can’t continue to attend work or school & because of lack of female health education are made to feel ashamed and dirty while they have their period.
The aim for DFG is to supply sustainable feminine hygiene kits to women & girls who would normally go without. Providing them with education & dignity by giving them reusable sanitary products that are washable & can be reused for up to 3 years and in some areas there are local in-country kit producers, which creates sustainability & provides income for local communities.
This organisation I believe is wonderful & the more I read about it the more I love it & it was put on my heart to share it with you all today.
Women everywhere should have access to sanitary products – menstruating is a natural monthly process which we have no control over.
(I do realise that this issue of lack of feminine hygiene products is not just over seas, there is also problems for homeless & less fortunate women in our own country).
Helping others should be something we all strive to do, it is something I want to raise my children to do without a second thought – to be generous & always look for ways to help those less fortunate – because we are so incredibly fortunate & I believe educating ourselves & also our children on the situations people are in all over the world & ways we can help them is incredibly eye opening and humbling.
If you would like to read more or be involved in Days for Girls I’ve included some links below.
Days for Girls.
Days for Girls Toowoomba.
Days for Girls Dalby.
I feel good knowing the money I spent yesterday is going to assist women & girls to feel more dignified & continue their education.
Yesterday was so lovely, it was a gorgeous afternoon. There were markets, raffles, a silent auction & so much delicious food.
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Have a beautiful Sunday.