Jun 2, 2020

Continued Support for African Refugee Women & Girls

Thank you for choosing to support African refugee women and girls. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks in large part to your donations, our East African Enterprises have remained busy. With your donations as well as collaboration from a humanitarian aid organization, our Enterprise leaders have recently accomplished the following:

1. Provided a Training of Trainers course for partner staff in Ambassadors for Women’s Health  (AWH) and Men Who Know (MWK) curricula, equipping them with the tools and training they need to provide comprehensive menstrual health education in the refugee communities where they work.

2. Provided Days for Girls Kits and AWH education to at least 3,000 women and girls in refugee communities across East Africa.

3. Provided MWK education to men and boys in the same refugee communities across East Africa.

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across Africa, many of our Enterprises have pivoted to sewing masks, while continuing to sew our patented menstrual products. Days for Girls continues to support the women and girls in those vulnerable communities with the tools they need to handle their periods safely and with dignity. 

We are so grateful for the opportunity to continue this important work. And your support has made this possible.

Thank you!

Apr 24, 2020

Your Contributions Are Giving Women and Girls Hope

“Periods don’t pause for pandemics.”--Celeste Mergens, Founder and CEO of Days for Girls. Even with the upheaval that is being felt worldwide, your contributions are continuing to give women and girls in Africa hope. And hope is needed now more than ever.

 

During the first quarter of 2020, Days for Girls African Enterprises continued to provide employment opportunities for women in sub-Saharan Africa. In March, Enterprise leaders in 16 countries met in Kenya and Uganda with a team from Days for Girls International. Enterprise and country leaders were instructed on ways to improve their businesses; including branding, marketing, reporting, time management, budgeting, and goal setting, as well as improvements to Ambassador of Women’s Health and Men Who Know curriculum instruction. DfGI leaders answered questions and addressed concerns from Enterprise leaders. And Enterprise leaders received DfG officially branded materials with enthusiasm.

 

While in Kenya, DfGI leaders met with government officials including staff from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Gender offices and received enthusiastic support for DfG efforts. The First Lady of Bomet County, Kenya sat in on discussions and pledged her support for our campaign to end period poverty and empower women and girls in her jurisdiction. 

 

DfGI leaders also went to schools in Kenya and provided much needed menstrual education and DfG Kits to girls. Girls were taught how to handle their periods with dignity. During one course, a local news team arrived and filmed and interviewed girls and leaders. As the news team left, they pledged support for doing their part spread the word to end menstrual shame.

 

With the recent COVID-19 crisis, Days for Girls African Enterprises will continue to provide menstrual supplies and education to women and girls. And, we are pleased to announce that DfG has included sewing masks for local healthcare workers and those individuals most vulnerable to the spread of the virus. To learn more about our #Masks4Millions campaign, click here.

 

More than ever before, women and girls in Africa need our help; both in the fight against period poverty and the battle against the COVID-19 virus. Your generous donations are making a difference in the lives of so many of the world’s most vulnerable.

 

Thank you!

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Mar 6, 2020

DfG Enterprises Are Reaching Hard Hit Refugees

Thanks to you, Days for Girls Enterprises are making incredible strides in Lebanon! And we are pleased to share the following with you, our amazing supporters:

  • The political revolution taking place delayed our distribution dates; however, our Enterprise leaders were able to conduct their first distribution on February 22! This is the first of many they hope to conduct in the near future.
  • Our Enterprises have also been busy filling orders they have received. Through a UNICEF funded project, our partner Concern Worldwide purchased Kits from our Enterprises and distributed them along with menstrual health education. They then conducted focus groups and received the following feedback: 
  1. All thought the pads were of excellent quality, with the cotton being much softer and comfortable than the cheap ones from the $1 store. They feel healthier during their periods as they no longer suffer from allergies or infections.  
  2. The project also contributed to the women feeling more confident as they no longer worry about how to dispose of single use pads.
  3. (The unique colors and designs) gave them the capacity to wash them and let them dry outside without feeling ashamed.
  • Finally, the DfG Lebanon Enterprises have just received an order for 2000 DfG Kits which will also be directed to refugees!

Thank you for your donations! Because of your generosity, we are able to continue reaching hard hit refugee girls and women in Lebanon with the tools they need to manage their menstruation with dignity. Your help is vital in our work to shatter stigma and limitations associated with menstruation for improved health, education, and livelihoods.

 
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