Days For Girls: The Non-Profit Organization You Probably Don't Know About But Really Should
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

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.

73
Days For Girls: The Non-Profit Organization You Probably Don't Know About But Really Should
Days for Girls

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!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ready or not, here come the holidays, friends, and if you're as obsessed with the spirit of the season as I am, you are much more ready than not. Thanks to Hallmark Channel's Monopoly game making it possible to celebrate all year long, you can be ready now, too!

Keep Reading... Show less
Stephanie Tango

The pandemic has been in our world for more than half of 2020 and people are still acting stupid. If anything, they're getting stupider. They think that the virus is gone. It's not. Stop going to frat parties. Stop trying to go places without a mask. I wish things were normal, too. They're not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Kai Parlett

In the summer of 2017, 20 type 1 diabetics completed a 10-week 4,000+ mile bike ride from New York to California. They biked against the advice of doctors, family, and friends. Many were skeptical that people with diabetes could complete such a physically challenging trip without putting themselves in danger due to their disease.

Keep Reading... Show less

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.

8776

I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less

We all love a good ol' sappy Christmas movie and this year, the Hallmark Channel is finally giving us what we want: diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Seasonal Depression Is Real And It Deserves Our Attention

Check in on your friends throughout the winter season, it can be brutal.

1686

As we transition seasons and enter the last few months of the year, some are feeling grand about this natural shift. But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression.

The lack of sunlight during the later seasons of the year, beginning with autumn, triggers a state of depression for about 15% of the population. This results in the lack of serotonin provided by the sun, causing it to be hard for some to do a lot of the things that would normally be deemed simple tasks to do during the earlier times in the year like getting out of bed, showering, going to work/school, etc. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

September Is Suicide Awareness Month, But Mental H​ealth Is An Everyday Discussion

Mental illnesses deserve our attention 365 days a year.

2360

September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present. Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments