So It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I have been working on a few things in the background. And I am so amazed and excited about a little project to bring life to women and girls.
Want to know what it is?…..
While I was in PNG last month…oh wait…over a month ago.. (wow time really does fly!) I went looking for a project. I was looking specifically for something that would engage hearts, minds and hands. I have an amazing friend who is a gifted writer and blogger who has mobilized and inspired hundreds of people with projects like “Bloggers-for-birth-kits” “Project Baby Billum” and raising money for a Solar Suitcase with “The Sunshine Project”. You can check out her blog at http://adrielbooker.com/.
With these type of projects in mind, and the fact that I am a part of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), who love to get everyday Mum’s involved in community projects, I realised if could find a need the reality is I really do have the means and networks to do something about it!
So with my heart for mothers and women I asked the midwife, Michelle, who was on our outreach if she had any ideas of what would be of benefit. Her answer was that “a few of the mums had asked if we had any pads.” Of course!! Feminie hygiene is a need that every girl and woman has!
I immediately began researching environmentally friendly washable options and found heaps of designs and patterns.
At this point I enlisted the help of a couple of friends, Adriel being one of them, to help do a little research for me. Over the next few weeks I was trialling and making a few different styles and I wasn’t completely happy with what I had and really needed a bit more research done. Then Adriel came across an organisation called Days for Girls that was the answer to my prayers and an exact fit for what I was trying to do!
Then we discovered that there was a few chapters in Australia and the Queensland chapter for Days for Girls was actually in Townsville! We’ve met and shared our passion and shared how amazing people are getting behind this project already with donations and materials!
This project has the potential to change lives, distributing the kits also opens up the lines of communication and education around reproductive and sexual health and giving girls and women dignity and opportunity for education and value. We’ve discovered through the Ship outreaches that there is certainly a need for good education on these topics in PNG.
So on Sunday the 13th of October if you are in Townsville I, along with our local Days for Girls representative, will be hosting a Days for Girls Sewing Bee from 12 – 3pm at the YWAM base on Ingham Rd. Let me know if you want to come!
If you can’t come but want to join in go to the Days for Girls website and grab the patterns and make some kits!