Days for Girls Boma Africa partners with FAME Hospital!

Boma Africa has partnered with Days for Girls to start a new enterprise in Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania!  It all started when an amazing woman had the idea to establish an enterprise that would supply pad kits to for every post partum mom at a nearby by hospital.  The amazing Alexa is passionate about supporting Days for Girls (washable menstrual health pads) and FAME Africa (an outstanding NGO hospital in this area), so it was a perfect combination!

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. In Tanzania many girls have no access to menstrual pads and miss school when they are menstruating. Many women cannot afford disposable pads and struggle to manage their menstruation with dignity.  Days for Girls enterprises provide employment and access to income, washable menstrual pad kits, and women’s health education.

I first came to know Days for Girls when we were moving back to Tanzania and someone offered me 100 kits to bring and donate. Of course I said YES, and went online to learn more and to complete DfG’s Ambassador of women’s health training.  After arriving in Mto wa Mbu I met a dynamic and skilled tailor, Harrieth, and we started making baby carriers, sleepsacs, and other mother and baby related items. Washable pads and diapers were on our list!

I am a registered midwife, so women’s health is totally my space.  I was living in Tanzania and working at FAME as a clinical educator.  When Alexa’s project idea came through it was a match made in Heaven in so many ways!

In the last 6 months the Boma Africa enterprise has employed 3 tailors in full time work, and 2 women’s health ambassadors on contract basis. The staff participated in a full week long training session on sewing, business, and menstrual health.  We have established our business model and explored supply chain. We have delivered 140 washable pads kits to new mothers and another 160 kits to school aged girls.  Recently we had the opportunity to attend a workshop with other enterprise leaders in Tanzania. It was amazing to collaborate, and learn more about the global movement for menstrual health solutions and the advocacy that is happening!

The Boma Africa Days for Girls enterprise has really hit the ground running and we have already provided menstrual health solutions to hundreds of girls and women.  I couldn’t be prouder.

HUGE thanks to our generous donor, Alexa, FAME Africa, and Days for Girls for making this happen!

EPIC TRIP!!

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We were in Tanzania for 2 weeks and had the most amazing time of our lines! Our Boma experience was definitely EPIC, very professional and we were so well taken care of the whole time! The guides are each amazing – professional, knowledgeable and friendly! Boma took care of us from the airport right to our departure! Safaris, biking tours, walking tours, meeting a Maasai family, local painting day, hiking, zip lining,… each experience was absolutely amazing!

We stayed with a local family, which was the most amazing experience! The family we stayed have stolen our hearts, and we felt so at home with them.

We will definitely be back to Tanzania some day! Our experience was indescribably amazing!!! Thank you to all at Boma who made our experience so unforgettable!

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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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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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