Thanks to the generous donations from supporters like you, Days for Girls was recently able to meet the menstrual health needs of refugee girls in Lebanon. We're pleased to share that between January-February 2023, the DfG Social Enterprise (staffed predominately by Syrian refugees) was busy producing, preparing and packing 350 Days for Girls washable pad Kits.
In March 2023, our team traveled to Tal Hayat refugee camp where Social Enterprise member Latifa, supported by volunteer Mohamad, conducted DfG menstrual health education and distributed DfG Kits to 350 Syrian refugee girls. We were also fortunate to receive thoughtful contributions of 1,400 additional hygiene items from compassionate individuals in Lebanon. We were able to provide each girl with toothpaste, shampoo, extra disposable pads to ensure menstrual product choice, and extra soap.
Over the coming months, our team will continue to connect with the participants to check in and get feedback on their experience using the DfG Kits. We're so grateful for your gift that helped make this important project possible!
We’re delighted to share that with your support, Days for Girls reached 45,250 refugees/IDPs with menstrual health products and education in 2022. This takes our total to 255,661 refugees and IDPs reached since 2008. In 2022, our efforts included the following projects:
Back in 2019, we embarked on our first big project with our volunteer Chapters and Teams. We established our collection points, developed partnerships, and collected, quality-checked, and packed 46,571 volunteer-made DfG Kits for distribution by World Vision.
Due to the large number of Kits and COVID, the distributions took place across 2020-2022. World Vision distributed the Kits in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Lebanon.
In addition, since 2019 and as a result of this initial project, our partnership with World Vision has expanded significantly and we have also sent:
totaling an additional 53,727 Kits to refugees and IDPs
What an impactful 3.5 years with World Vision it's been through the development and implementation of our refugee and IDP response! For a glimpse of the difference you are making with your support, check out this video by World Vision.
As we begin 2023, we have exciting partnerships and requests for Kits to reach refugees and IDPs. We look forward to the year ahead and we’re grateful for your generosity!
As the world’s refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) populations continue to grow, Days for Girls’ response follows suit. Humanitarian aid that prioritizes people with periods has long been a pillar of our work at Days for Girls. Our response is only possible because of the generosity of our supporters. We salute you!
As need increases, so does our outreach. When disaster strikes, emergency responses often under-fund or exclude menstrual health care – leaving displaced women and girls unable to meet basic needs. We are committed to closing this gap on a global scale by providing vital period products and education to menstruating refugees and IDPs.
With your generous support, our volunteers have, so far in 2022, produced, donated and shipped 44,125 DfG Kits and provided Menstrual Health Education for humanitarian relief across the globe, including:
- 3,000 DfG Kits sent to Jordan to continue our ongoing partnership with the National Women’s Healthcare Center (NWHCC);
- 3,600 DfG Kits donated to @thesidewalkschool, an organization that serves displaced children seeking asylum on the US-Mexico border;
- 11,145 Hybrid DfG Kits (a customized Kit that includes both washable and disposable products) and four pallets of disposable products donated to displaced people affected by the conflict in Ukraine through our partners at Global Empowerment Mission and Direct Relief;
- 21,001 DfG Kits and MH Education are now being distributed to refugees in Chad in partnership with Watoto Read and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA;
- Volunteer Chapters and Teams in Australia and New Zealand reached 5,291 people with DfG Kits and MH Education following the volcano eruption and tsunami in Tonga.
Nobel Prize Winner Mother Teresa wrote: “I cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” With your help, we are making as many ripples as possible in the form of menstrual dignity to some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.
Thanks to you, our amazing GlobalGiving donors, we are making a difference in the lives of women and girls in Chad. Currently, Chad hosts a large number of women and girls in particularly vulnerable positions because of the influx of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) from Sudan and the Central African Republic, Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram, and 115,000 returning Chad citizens who had formerly been displaced. Such a concentrated population coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, political unrest, the impact of climate change, internal development issues, chronic poverty, and a tense socio-economic environment have made it even harder for women and girls in Chad to access period products.
Using your generously donated funds to address this urgent need, Days for Girls’ outreach in Chad is in full swing. In October 2021, we successfully conducted our virtual Training of the Trainers in Arabic. We are overjoyed with the 80 women and 54 men who were trained in DfG’s Ambassador of Women’s Health and Men Who Know programs. These 134 individuals are now leaders in their communities and mentors for young people. Also, after frustrating shipping delays, we are pleased to share that our menstrual kits arrived in Chad, cleared customs, and our new leaders have begun distributing the 21,001 kits in 13 refugee camps. With each kit distribution, more women and girls are receiving vital education and menstrual dignity, and more men and boys are learning how to respect and support the women in their lives.
We are also pleased to report that distributions continue among refugee and IDP women and girls in Jordan. We recently shipped 6,000 menstrual kits with help from our partner Convoy of Hope. Each of these kits represents knowledge, respect, and a sense of control over one’s period that every woman and girl deserves.
Thank you for your important role in our outreach to individuals across all of these populations.
Now, more than ever, your commitment to ending period poverty is reaching some of the most vulnerable women and girls in Jordan. Together, we have accomplished amazing outreach with refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the past few months! We are overjoyed to share with you some of the ways your funds have, and will continue to make a difference.
Each one of these Kits represents a woman or girl who will not be hobbled by the burden of menstrual inequality. These Kits will give back days, hope, and dignity.
Maha Saqqa, Director of JMAP, shared: “When I was growing up, there were no trash bins in the bathrooms in school; no place to throw away pads. It is shocking to me that 30-40 years after I was a child that we are still struggling to provide girls with what they need growing up … [The consequence of ignoring menstrual health and the needs of girls is that] she hides or keeps quiet; embarrassed. [This reality] moved me to be a part of the solution, to partner with Days for Girls!”
Maha believes that if girls are able to get an education, they “will be our voices later in life. Education guarantees that they will carry this torch later in life.” Maha hopes to pass on information to girls so that they will understand their bodies and know their rights. “The Kits are practical, and solve the immediate needs, but the menstrual health education is what creates this change!”
Maha’s motto for girls is “She has a right to care for her body.” We could not agree more, Maha!
Thank you for your important part in ensuring refugees and IDPs have the knowledge, tools, and opportunity to care for themselves and those around them.
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