Empowering African Girls with Health & Education

by Days for Girls International
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education
Empowering African Girls with Health & Education

We’re not going to lie, 2020 was a tough year! But thanks to you and your support of our Empowering African Girls campaign through GlobalGiving, Days for Girls has been able to continue bringing vulnerable women and girls in Africa dignity and safety through vital period supplies and knowledge.

One example of your impact during the last quarter is the Make Your Own training program that our country leaders in Ghana carried out in November. For three days, 27 girls in the Volta region gathered to make our patented Days for Girls Kits (which currently include face masks), and distribute them throughout their communities. This training was done in collaboration with our amazing partner, Plan International. Twenty-seven girls were also trained in our Ambassadors of Women’s Health program. They are now leaders and advocates for women’s health issues in their communities; making it possible for them to continue to train others, effectively multiplying Days for Girls’ reach. These same girls were also trained in marketing and sales modules, giving them the know-how to start their own small businesses, making and selling Days for Girls Kits in their communities. COVID-19 has emphasized the power of locally led efforts, being the most effective during a pandemic to keep our work going.

Thanks to your support, not only will the lives of these girls change, but so will their families, their future families, and their entire communities. These girls will now lead the charge in making sure that women and girls in their communities have the tools and knowledge to eliminate period poverty and feel empowered to make healthy decisions. And with your help, we were able to do all of this, even in a pandemic! 

So yes, 2020 has been tough, but we have remained vigilant in our mission and we move forward, knowing  that we will reach many more women and girls throughout Africa in 2021. Thank you for being part of our success!

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More than six months of the Covid-19 pandemic have shown us that girls and women across the globe need continued access to resources to help them maintain dignity during their periods. This is especially true in vulnerable refugee populations in Africa. The need for social distancing to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus has forced us to be creative in how we continue our vital work. But we can confidently report that our work and our mission have continued. This is largely due to your support in helping us continue. Thank you!

Much of our renewed focus has been on our social enterprise program; making sure our enterprise leaders have all that they need to continue creating DfG menstrual Kits in their communities and to refugee populations. We are proud to report that even amid growing unemployment in Africa, our enterprises have not slowed down. Our shift to including washable masks in our menstrual Kits has been a huge success; providing even more opportunities for our enterprise leaders.

Rwandan Enterprise Leader Ketsia recently wrote:I thank DfG for upholding our dignity and helping us boost our confidence. DfG taught us principles of menstrual hygiene management and taught us to make reusable sanitary pads. … During this covid-19 lockdown, when no one is able to go out to buy disposable pads, we did not have any problems because we had reusables at home. That is why we thank DfG and we wish to scale our projects to reach many more women and girls.”

This is all possible because of your support and your contributions. Rest assured that the pandemic has not stopped us from creatively serving African refugees. Your donation to our GlobalGiving campaign continues to make it possible for us to reach Every girl. Everywhere. Period.

Thank you!

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Your continued support for Days for Girl’s Empowering African Girls with Health & Education project is doing an incredible amount of good, notwithstanding the challenges associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic. The following are just a selection of the advancements we are able to continue, thanks to you:

In Ghana, DfG teamed up with Plan International in Ghana’s National Gender Emergency Response Framework. In June, 

  • 64 vulnerable girls were taught how to sew DfG menstrual pads, face masks, and drawstring backpacks; 
  • 2000 DfG pads and 2000 face masks were procured and distributed in Accra and rural areas of Ghana;  
  • Posters about COVID-19 and child abuse (an example is linked below) were made and distributed;
  • We launched a Social Distance for Social Change campaign at a community and national level.

In Malawi, our DfG Enterprise in Lilongwe has become “the” place to acquire face masks. In July alone, they distributed 1500 face masks, and nearly doubled the number of people they employ.  

In Zimbabwe, one enterprise has been sewing masks out of any fabric they can lay their hands on (in spite of supplies being incredibly hard to come by) and donating them to those living in extreme poverty, including local dumps, where more and more people are scavenging for food.   

In Kenya, teams are conducting workshops on personal hygiene for the entire household as they go door-to-door to deliver tippy tap handwashing systems and to distribute face masks to people in the community.

Your help is needed now, more than ever! We know that Periods Don’t Stop for Pandemics, and as a result of COVID-19, countless more vulnerable women and girls in Africa are in need of our help. Thank you for your care, compassion, and consideration. We could not do this work without you!

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“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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DfG Enterprise Leaders in Ghana
DfG Enterprise Leaders in Ghana

Happy new year to our GlobalGiving family! At Days for Girls, we rang in the new year with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for this past year, and determination for the year ahead. With your support, our Africa-based Enterprises were able to reach over 50,000 girls and women across the continent in 2019! This double impact saw girls and women gain access to environmentally friendly products and women’s health education, while simultaneously supporting an income and leadership opportunity for African women (and men, too!). 

Yet, while we worked with existing partners to maximize impact and reach, we also doubled down on strategic planning so that we can ensure every resource and opportunity is bringing us closer to Every Girl. Everywhere. Period - with sustainable menstrual health solutions. This included intensive conversations around theory of change, market analysis, supporting operational efficiency, and investing in evaluations. Recent evaluation results in Rwanda saw a 30% increase in the percentage of girls who preferred washable pads as a period solution following DfG Kit distributions. Meanwhile, girls in Ghana saw a statistically significant reduction in shame and distress while managing menstruation following their Ambassador of Women’s Health training. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we hope to learn and achieve as we head into this new year. Thank you for traveling this journey with us, and supporting improved menstrual health for girls and women across Africa!

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Days for Girls International

Location: Mount Vernon, WA - USA
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Sandy Clark
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