Cargo of fabric arrives in Uganda
We may not be painting The Last Supper here at Days for Girls, but as it turns out, the breadth of skills and knowledge required is vast! With Market Activations scheduled for March, evaluation surveys in progress, and major cargo shipments incoming, our team has had the opportunity to tap into a wide array of skills, resource networks, and research to bring it all together. Here's just a little sample of the artist's palette over in the Uganda Days for Girls Office:
Puzzling supply chain because she deserve the BEST!
An integral part of the fabric that makes Days for Girls is, well, fabric! The DfG Kit uses both our patented design and high quality fabric to create a washable pad that is not only safe, reliable, comfortable, and lasting, but also something that any girl or woman can be proud to own. It is with this in mind that we trekked high and low searching for materials that are that magical balance of top-notch and affordable. And guess what... We found them! With supply partners in Kenya, the US, and China, we have created a completely custom-patterend DfG Kit fabric to be used for all our Office and gold standard Enterprises! The team also made major headway in navigating Uganda's tax exemption for menstrual care imports, meaning less money towards overhead and more money to make Kits for girls! As the Uganda team heads into Kyaka II refugee settlement next month, there will be an extra sparkle in those smiles knowing the new fabric has finally made it "home."
The give and take of learning
The East Africa Office is thrilled to host two young women as interns this year. Juliet, a recent University graduate, and Whitney, a Mandela Washington YALI fellow, have joined our team to support programming, marketing, and refugee project planning. While we are teaching them the systems, thought processes, and so much more that goes into DfG, we recognize the incredible value they bring as young Ugandan leaders to our work.
Measuring the fruits of our labor
The DfG Enterprise Trainings are intensive, fun, and pretty unforgettable for all those involved. But, what happens after? That's what our team has been investigating with follow-up surveys and visits to our Enterprise partners. With a high percentage of refugee and internally displaced people in Uganda and DRC, respectively, it's no surprise to see many of our Enterprises joining hands to lift girls & women who find themselves starting new lives away from conflict. Tuzo Blodie from Butembo, DRC has already made and distributed over 1,000 DfG Kits to internally displaced women & girls, while Berna Hillary from Kitgum, Uganda, has conducted numerous trainings & distributions in Adjumani Refugee settlement. While we are determined to capture the impact of these actions in our evaluation surveys, it might require some actual artistry to portray the beauty of it all!
DRC Enterprise cutting out shields