When you’ve had access to certain items all your life, it’s easy to forget that in other parts of the world people simply have to do without.
In developing parts of the world women and girls have to go without feminine hygiene products, which means that often they are not permitted to go to school or work for days at a time.
“It’s something we don’t think anything of, but can you imagine, not having access to these items means that you’re left in a room by yourself for days at a time,” said Bev Ewan with the Mountain Magic Quilters’ Guild. “They lose up to two months of life every year because of it.”
When the guild heard about this issue they teamed up with Days for Girls, an international non-profit that provides reusable products to women in need, and made reusable sanitary supplies to send to places like Haiti.
They began sewing the items in October, and have just sent out a package that contains 880 sewn items (including cloth bags, flannel liners, and shields to hold the liners), 110 pairs of underwear, 50 face cloths, 75 bars of soap, 140 reusable plastic bags, and $200 to help the Fernie Days for Girls organization fill in any gaps in the packages.
When Days for Girls first started tackling the issue, they provided disposable products. But without proper garbage services in these countries, it created more problems than it solved.
Now, in places where woman are receiving these packages, they are gaining weeks of their lives back every year, and are gaining the autonomy to keep going to school and work.
“It has just made such a huge difference in their lives,” said Ewan.
To help keep costs down, the packages won’t be shipped, but rather the organization will wait until someone travelling to Haiti offers to take them down.
“We have spent many hours completing these items and feel very proud of our efforts,” said Ewan. “We would like to thank anyone who contributed to this achievement with money, time or supplies. You are all champions. We would also like to thanks the Golden Lions Club for generously donating the use of the Lions’ Den to our group for the weekend.”
Learn more at www.girlsfordays.org.