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!)
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.
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!