Days for Girls Cloth Menstrual Pads

Just wanted to share an update on our Days for Girls pads program!

Our tailors are doing a great job and are currently working on our first delivery for FAME hospital. Every postpartum Mum will get a kit to take home.

These pads are washable and can last up to 3 years.  This is a great way to save money, and for many provides a solution for their periods, where they otherwise may have gone without.

We also had a second order from the amazing doulas at Wombs of the World. They ordered 45 kits and we distributed them to the postpartum moms at two government hospital in Karatu. Then nurses helped us to provide a little education on how to use the kits, and also on child spacing and contraception.  It only took 1 day to give out all 45 kits. (That’s a lot of new babies!)

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Happy Holidays!

The weather is fine in Mto wa Mbu, hot spelled off with rain as we are into the short rainy season. We are looking forward to pilau and goat bbq on Christmas Eve!

2018 was full of projects and new adventures, and in 2019 we look forward to welcoming a passionate group of doulas, some avid mountain climbers, a high school group of adventurers, and a volunteer for the LK Kindergarten.

We will have our Boma la Mama sea container released by the end Jan 2019, and our Birth centre manager will be starting work in January as well. In April she has been sponsored to take a course in ultrasound, specialising in pregnancy, which may also lead to an ultrasound unit being donated to our centre. We are working hard at getting some grants and super grateful to our private donors that have made it possible to actually get Boma la Mama seeing patients in 2019.

Boma Handmade is flourishing with amazing products such as baby carriers, sleepsacs, baby clothes, nursing and maternity tops, baby slippers, and hand carved wooden toys.  We are also making natural soap that has been really popular and barely has time to dry before it’s flying off the shelves. Most exciting we were chosen to open a Days for Girls enterprise at our workshop, which means we will be producing cloth pads for girls and women that can be washed and used over and over. Many go without any reasonable option when it comes to their feminine hygiene and miss school or suffer with nothing to wear or avoiding activities.

Boma Community School continues to run it’s LK Kindergarten class with happy students and our awesome teacher who has been with us since the beginning!  We are working on some maintenance of the building, and hoping to get a new mural and new playground in 2019.

We also opened Tanzip Zipline Adventure, Tanzania’s first and only zipline in 2018, and the Mosquito Creek Cafe is launching on Christmas Eve!  Karibu Sana!

Wishing a fun and safe holiday season and all the best in 2019!!

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Period Poverty in Tanzania

This is a very thorough article by CNN on the need to address menstrual hygiene in Tanzania. The timing is impeccable as we just launched our Days for Girls enterprise. In the west we are fighting tampon tax, here we are simply fighting for access to menstrual health products.

A package of pads (8pads) costs $1 or more. Many families only have $1 per day or less, and may have 4-5 menstruating women in the family. Food, rent, water, power, school fees, medical bills, a lot of items are higher on the priority list.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/03/health/tanzania-period-poverty-asequals-africa-intl/index.html

 

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Days for Girls Training!

Wow, what a great week we spent with the Days for Girls Team from Uganda!  Dennis and Azam made the long journey overland to come visit us in Tanzania, to teach our tailors how to make the pad kits and provide women’s health and business leadership training to the team.

So proud of us all, and everyone feels that our Ngorongoro enterprise is set up to be very successful!

We are ready to start producing!!  Now we will be looking for donors to fund kits that we can then distribute to communities (rural villages, school children, and hospitals)

Contact us directly if you are interested in being involved, or kits can be ordered through the Days for Girls website too!

 

Days for Girls Washable Menstrual Pads

As you may have seen we are starting a DAYS FOR GIRLS enterprise at our Boma Handmade Workshop!

We are registered and awaiting our official training session in November. I have been interested in this program for many years and even completed my ambassador training in 2016.  As luck would have it, FAME hospital has a donor that wants to make kits available to all their post partum Moms. This amazing donor has made it possible for us to have a little start up money, and even more amazing is the fact that we will have a regular contract to make up to 700 kits per year. This creates an actual job for a tailor and the kits will be reaching so many women!

As part of the program I will be reaching to potential donors and grants to purchase the kits that we can then gift to the community- such as at other hospital and schools for girls. More sales means more income for our tailors as well!  Let me know if this interests you!

Our recent GOFUNDME campaign for Harriet has also made this possible as now she has an awesome sewing machine to use; without it the start up process would have been a little trickier!

A little bit about days for girls below:

OUR MISSION & VISION

We’re turning periods into pathways.

Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Together, we’re creating a world with dignity, health, and opportunity for all.

Our movement has reached more than one million girls — and counting!  With your help, we can reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

It all starts with a DfG POD (Portable Object of Dignity), the basic unit Days for Girls Kit. PODs contain 1 waterproof shield and 2 absorbent liners. PODs are the seed for Micro-Enterprises, because they can be sold at an affordable price point, and women can add components in the future. Because DfG Kits last years, this is a timeline that works for many women. Days for Girls prioritizes using locally-available materials whenever possible.

The Supreme Days for Girls Kit is the deluxe version of a Kit, and what is made by our Chapters and Teams around the world.

You may notice that these Kits don’t look like traditional pads…and there’s a reason for that. The bright colors camouflage staining. The absorbent liners unfold to look like a washcloth, which allows women to wash and dry them outside in the sun without causing embarrassment. All of these design choices add up to a lasting, easy-to-care-for solution.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

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Boma La Mama Baby Products

We have started this awesome line of baby products in the village!  Our tailor Harrieth is amazing and items are turning out so well.

We are making baby carriers, sleepsacs, slippers, bandana bibs, crinkle and ribbon toys; using absolutely gorgeous kitenge fabrics.

We sold out our first order and have sold the second order that is in production.  We have a few custom orders in the works, and are applying to sell at the Arusha Christmas market. Harrieth is going to move into a bigger workspace where we will have a small store front too.

We are also going to make some baby body butter and diaper cream using locally sourced ingredients; coconut, aloe, honey, beeswax, shea….. mmmm

So pleased for Harrieth, for the beautiful products, and excited to see what the future will bring.

See more under Boma la Mama @ www.bomalamama.com

 

Photo Gallery! African Wildlife Safari

Absolutely stunning wildlife roaming in the world famous Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the many other parks and reserves of Tanzania.

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Leopard in the grass. Photo by Jarrad Seng. Boma Africa
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Tarangire Sunrise. Photo by Jarrad Seng. Boma Africa
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Eagle takes flight in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Dik Dik. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa.
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Mama & Baby. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Elephant, Tarangire National Park. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Hyena takes her share. Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

 

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Crown Cranes. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Zebras in the dust. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

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Zebra Hunt. Serengeti National Park. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Zebra Hunt in the Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Andrew Knapp Boma Africa.
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Zebra Hunt. Serengeti National Park. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Zebra Hunt. Serengeti National Park. Photo by Mare Eve Lord. Boma Africa
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“Pumba” Warthog. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

 


Tanzania’s Non- Profit Tour Co.!

Testimonial! Keri-Lyn, Canada, 2018

I stayed with Leesha and Lau and family on a 6 week trip through Tanzania. I’ve known Leesha for many years and it was wonderful to reunite with her in Mto Wa Mbu. They showed me around the village, introduced me to their community and I got to witness the passion and inspiration that lives in their entrepreneurial projects. I had such an incredible time in the village. The people are kind and welcoming, the scenery of the Rift Valley walls and Lake Mayanara stunning. I shared some art classes, visited the market regularly, enjoyed the local food and hit the dance floor for a little nightlife! I highly receommend connecting with Boma Africa. Mto Wa Mbu is the perfect place to set out for safari or take some time to relax and settle in and make some friends after travelling around. I hope to make it back one day!! Thank you for being such amazing hosts! xoxo

Keri-Lyn; Canada; 2018

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Volunteer Profile: Carly Beaulieu

Carly first came to Tanzania in August 2017 and volunteered to be in midwife (for my own birth!) here in Mto wa Mbu town. Tanzania got under her skin and she is back in June!  Carly wears many hats and is using them all this month.

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First she an educator. She worked in Canada as a teacher for several years before her calling to midwifery led her back to her own training. Carly brought supplies for the school and spent a week at the LK Kindergarten mentoring our teacher, Sophia, in the concept of “learning through play”.  They played games, set up stations, and Sophia got tonnes of new ideas and resources to use with the children. Sophia’ second week of immersion she spent in a mentorship with the with the kindergarten teacher at Black Rhino Academy, International School.

Carly is also an EMT and trained in wilderness first aid. She developed a first aid course relevant to our zipline activities and environment and delivered an awesome course with the Tanzip Zipline team.  The course is in the Tanzip training manual and will be used annually.  She also guided us to put together a great custom first aid kit.

Carly also spent some time observing and mentoring students at a couple of local hospitals, on the L&D ward. She is passionate about the rights of birthing women to safe and dignified care. Carly got inspired to support Boma la Mama Birth Centre, and is committing to a giant donation in 2019; which should allow us to open the doors and start providing care. We are also putting together a prenatal course to offer to the public with information on nutrition and safety in pregnancy, what happens in labour, breastfeeding and infant nutrition, and more.

Last but not least, Carly provided Harieth and I a micro loan of $300 to start a small business sewing baby carriers.  Harieth is a talented tailor here in the village. We started making mai-tei style carriers and were able to pay back our micro loan within 1 week(!) form pre-sales. Amazing. Once this first order is done and sent off the Canada, we have a second batch that are pre-paid!  Harieth is dreaming of a sewing workshop with 4 sewing machines and 2 assistants. We will make baby carriers, sleeps sacs, reusable pads, and maybe even cloth diapers.

Carly has been a huge supporter; sharing her skilled training, smiles, and also money!

ASANTE SANA DADA!

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