Make a girl's day
In many developing nations not having sanitary supplies can mean days without school, days without income and days without leaving the house. Girls miss up to two months of school every year.
To address this issue and give girls across the globe education, safety and dignity, Days for Girls International was founded in 2008. Days for Girls provides washable feminine hygiene kits to girls and women who would otherwise go without, enabling them to not miss valuable days from their education or employment.
It has been proven that:
- Girls who have sanitary hygiene are confident in school so more likely to graduate;
- For every year of education a girl receives her future income increases;
- When a girl has seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.
Days for Girls has been strongly supported by Rotary International. In Australia, over 2000 kits have passed through assembly lines to many countries. They are sent with people traveling on business, pleasure, missions, or project charity work who have the opportunity to deliver to local boarding schools/orphanages and anywhere there is a need. Impoverished communities are also assisted in starting their own programs to supply kits and training.
Recently, members of the Rotary Clubs added kits to their luggage and delivered them to East Timor, PNG and Kenya for distribution to Rotary projects.
Kits are lovingly made, donated and assembled by volunteer sewing groups around Australia.
Image: Women in the Congo now making their own sanitary hygiene kits with the help of Days for Girls.