As your kids are gearing up to head back to school either this week or next week, have you stopped to consider what a blessing their education is? Did you know that not every child has the same opportunity as your child?
I know I have mentioned before that I do family history as a way to feel that I am part of something bigger for myself. Well, Days for Girls is another thing that I participate in that fills the same bucket for me. I don’t even remember where I first heard about it. I think I was googling one day trying to find local service opportunities. I remember looking at the website and thinking that it was probably hard to get involved in, or the sewing would be too hard for me, so I sort of filed it away in my brain.
Last summer our church group sponsored a Days for Girls event and I went so eager to find out how this organization runs. Let me tell you, I was hooked. It is a group of women who have come together to make reusable menstrual pads for girls so that they are able to stay in school and complete their education. It’s as simple as that! The actual statistics show that this is working. People who contribute to Days for Girls really are making a difference! After distribution of Days for Girls kits, school absence rates dropped in Uganda from 36% to 8% and in Kenya from 25% to 3%.
At each event that I have attended, they repeat the story of how Days for Girls came to be and encourage sharing the story with others. I was surprised by how many different ways that I could be involved. If you get involved in a local chapter, chances are you can jump into part of the assembly line instead of making an entire kit from start to finish by yourself.
It’s not hard to get involved. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started:
Tracing and cutting: you can trace, cut, and iron various parts of the kit to pass on for someone else to sew.
Sewing or serging: Good news: it’s all straight lines! Super simple, yet precise sewing is needed.
Donations: You can donate underwear, washcloths, Ziploc bags, hotel soaps, good quality fabric or money, or fundraise.
Here is a Tedx Talk of how Days for Girls came to be.
One of my favorite quotes from this: “An educated girl can have a profound impact on the development of a community”. -Dr. Pedro Sanchez
I love that in working with Days for Girls, I have been able to work at my own pace. We have a chapter in our community, so I am able to work on, pick up, and drop off completed packets as I find time. Generally speaking, when my husband has lots of homework, I tend to complete lots of Days for Girls packets. I find that I feel more fulfilled when I spend my time not on Facebook or Pinterest, but effectively “saving the world”.
What steps will you take to make a difference today?