By Kristen Johnson
It’s easy to talk about empowering young girls, encouraging them to receive an education, and work on lifting families out of poverty. But, in many places in the world, something very simple can keep young girls out of school, and it’s something women in the western world would never begin to consider. The fact is that girls everywhere in the developing world are forced to miss schooling because they are unable to take care of their feminine hygiene needs.
A wonderful organization called Days for Girls is working to correct this problem. So far, they have reached 640,000 girls in 100+ countries with hygiene solutions and health education. Something so simple, like access to hygiene products, is an absolute no-brainer in developed countries but it absolutely stops everything for girls in the developing world. Without a solution to managing this monthly problem, 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as 113 million girls in India and 30% of girls in Brazil will miss school this year! (daysforgirls.org).
Days for Girls provides sanitary kits for women that last 2-3 years! They also work on programs to provide incomes for women as well as health education. It’s a win-win solution for women and girls around the globe. They work with partners and supporters to support their programs and services – companies like Google, Amazon, Revlon, and Samaritan’s Purse, among many others. (Days for Girls).
What is extra amazing about this organization is that they sponsor micro enterprises. Women are sponsored in the community to start their own kit enterprises, to give them health skills, and provides them with startup materials. They ensure girls stay in school, that they have a way to generate income, support sustainability, and support local ownership. I can’t say enough good things about this fabulous support model. (Days for Girls).
I am very proud to be a new supporter of Days for Girls. Thank you for the work that you do in the community on behalf of women and girls. I plan to continue my family’s support of your work far into the future.
To donate to this wonderful organization and to learn more about it, see here: https://www.daysforgirls.org.
1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV): Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
Serve all with love.
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