Days For Girls: The Non-Profit Organization You Probably Don't Know About But Really Should

Days For Girls: The Non-Profit Organization You Probably Don't Know About But Really Should

Because it's 2016, and every female needs access to feminine hygiene products.

Ladies, what if not having access to sanitary pads or tampons meant that you had to miss out on your education, social life, and you found yourself in isolation for days while you were on your period? What if you had to use leaves, newspaper, mattress stuffing — anything you could find to stuff into your underwear — just to try and make it to school, but you still end up missing it?

This is the struggle that millions of girls all over the world face while on their periods. This is simply because they don't have what they need to manage their periods. The lack of feminine hygiene products is prevalent for so many, but every day we take it for granted. It's definitely something to think about, isn't it?

So there's this really awesome organization that exists that provides these types of things to girls in need around the world. What's the name of this organization you ask?

Days for Girls.

So what does Days for Girls do?

If you haven't heard of it already, Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that provides sustainable feminine hygiene kits to girls throughout the world. They provide education about reproductive health awareness and advocate social change by giving each community that they encounter a chance to thrive by contributing to their own community's betterment. These hygiene kits are culturally, physically and environmentally friendly too!

Are you confused yet? Don't worry, the term "sustainable feminine hygiene kit" can be simplified!

This is what a typical hygiene kit looks like:

Basically, these kits consist of two pairs of underwear, a washcloth, a travel sized soap bar, two gallon-sized Ziploc bags, eight flannel tri-fold liners, two moisture barrier shields which snap into the underwear, and a visual instruction sheet. This is all put into a drawstring bag so the girls can take it to school with them, and it's all so cute! How convenient!

All of the material in these kits are washable and durable and built to last three years. That gives up to 180 days of education, health and safety back to girls that they missed out on because they simply didn't have access to sanitary pads before.

Just think of the effect this has on the girls and women that receive these kits! They are able to go to school year-round and just with this, so many more opportunities arise for their futures. Education and sanitary products are what we have constant access to, and we often don't think of the effect it has on those who miss out on them.

When I found out about this organization I knew I had to get involved; it is now our top service project for the global scholars group that I am a part of at my university, which focuses on global health. We are about to send 200 kits to Tanzania and I couldn't be any more excited! It genuinely makes my heart happy to know how many lives I'm about to change.

If you want to learn more about Days for Girls, check out their website. It's a great opportunity to become involved!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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