By Celeste Mergens - International Executive Director
Hello, Is it good news or bad news that the Zimbabwe team has gone through 250 yards of moisture barrier fabric? GOOD news! That means that 2500 women have created their own kits in just a few months. The pace continues because when they needed more fabric the funds were there, thanks to you. Reports are coming in that in essence say, "It's working... more materials please. All across Zimbabwe women are passing the word and networking to receive fabric and supplies, and knowledge, which is only there because you understood their need. This week the call for support was unique. Women in Zimbabwe prisons go without feminine hygiene too. Imagine. Many are political prisoners or debtors. Linda and the team taught women in one prison to make their own sustainable kits and since they have access to sewing machines, now they are learning a trade and when they get more fabric, can make kits for school girls. That was truly a rewarding experience. Then the call came from the Assistant Superintendent of The Zimbabwe Prison Services Commission, Mr. Choto. Linda was surprised at how aware the men at the meeting were and how enthusiastic about finding a solution. Here's what she says, "I never thought that I would go to prison. Yeah today l did lot for good reasons. Phew better stay on the right side of the law because never want to end up in a jail cell of Zimbabwe ......very filthy and the conditions are unspeakable but meeting with Prison Officials was very successful as early as next week DFG will have access to most of the Female Prisons in Zimbabwe to train their Officers and female inmates, a very rare privilege indeed. They were very happy and excited about this, l heard so many stories of women exchanging one old rag because of shortage of pads." So you may be thinking, "Great! Now the fabric can be funded." No. Linda continues, "They asked if we can help them purchase fabric because they said Zim Govt is almost going bankrupt but they are very interested in the project". It's DFGI supporters like you that will make life a little more bearable and enable more kits for schools too! Because it is and always has been about the girls and women. So meanwhile the training continues in rural villages throughout Zimbabwe. Women teaching women. Breaking the curse, one by one. Ending the silence and raising understanding. Breaking myths with knowledge and bringing dignity for more days all across Zimbabwe. Their goal is for every woman in Zimbabwe to have access to feminine hygiene within 3 years. And YOU are helping make it happen. Good news. Definitely good news. Thank you!
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