“Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extents a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.” Proverbs 31: 19-20
While Janet Brown sat at her computer reading a sewing blog, she came across information for the humanitarian organization Days for Girls. Curious, she checked them out allowing God to plant a seed in her heart. Later Janet shared what she had learned with her UMW Circle. With the help of Days for Girls, UMW Circle 7 started creating sustainable Days for Girls Feminine Hygiene Kits. Kits that accompanied Central’s mission team to the Amazon last year and were given to girls in need.
Days for Girls is an international project set up to educate girls around the world on hygiene and health safety, as well as, provide sanitary supplies. The program not only helps girls stay healthy, but also stay in school. It is estimated that once a girl’s menstrual cycle begins she will miss up to two months of school a year in third world countries due to not having access to feminine hygiene provisions. Girls get farther and farther behind in their studies month after month increasing the risk of dropping out of school. Days for Girls, not only desires to keep girls in school, but educate them on taking care of their bodies, giving them personal dignity.
United Methodist Women across America joined in the campaign for Days for Girls in 2015, with Central’s UMW in 2016. “I feel this is such a good thing. Women helping other young women with their future. It is something I really want to be a part of,” shared Central’s UMW President, Jeanette Loris who helps sew the kits. UMW Circle 7 would like to open the opportunity to the rest of the women in the church to be involved. The next sewing day is set up for March 29th in the CAC from 10 am to 2 pm. The circle is also accepting monetary donations to complete the Hygiene Kits.
Each Days for Girls Hygiene Kit contains two one gallon sized Ziploc Press-n-seal freezer bags (for transporting and cleansing with minimal water), eight absorbent tri-fold pads (sewn from flannel liners, easy to wash and dry), 1 wash cloth, 1 instruction sheet, 1 travel sized soap, 2 pairs of women’s briefs (as specified by the organization), 2 moisture barrier shields (to hold the liners) and a drawstring bag (to hold everything a girl needs). Central’s UMW completely follows the Days for Girls instructions when creating each kit to ensure it is sustainable. Previous Days for Girls kits have lasted for two to four years. Each kit is delivered with mandatory educational training to each girl and lots of love.
Central’s UMW Days for Girls kits arrived in the Amazon to the village of Islandia last summer. Two of the missionaries on the trip went through the Days for Girls training and delivered the kits to a group of girls from a local orphanage. Also on the trip was an OBGYN who helped with explaining to the girls how their bodies work. During training many of the girls asked questions because this was the first time they had the opportunity to ask from people who knew and understood their bodies. At the end of the training each of the girls received their kits. With smiles on their faces they were excited as they looked at the colorful fabrics and understood better how to take care of themselves.
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