For the fourth year in a row, a group from Orchard Hill set out to create 200+ feminine hygiene kits that will go to Haiti next March with the spring break mission trip. For 5 weeks this fall, 43 women met at Peet Junior High to help start sewing, ironing, cutting, pinning and piecing the kits together. The kits are finished over winter, then the kits and the girls who will be receiving them, are lovingly prayed over to be sent overseas in the spring.
Days for Girls was born out of the desire to see girls around the world attend school more regularly by providing them with washable feminine hygiene kits. Their research showed that within a year of receiving these kits, the number of girls dropping out of school decreased from 25% a year to 3%. This issue is a surprising, but instrumental key to social change.
“When I heard about the issue women around the world face, I was shocked that I had never thought about it before,” said Kara Vander Wiel, who oversees the kit creation. “We take a lot for granted in the U.S. and have the ability to help change this in the communities we partner with.”
Each kit includes a drawstring bag filled with 2 waterproof shields, 8 double-layer liners made out of flannel, two pairs of underwear, a washcloth, and bar of soap. They are designed to last for 3 years.
“Many of our young women use old rags or whatever they can find because they don’t have supplies. These kits are allowing them to stay in school every day,” said Kristie Mompremier from UCI, Orchard Hill’s partner in Haiti. “When giving these kits away, one of the main questions we get is, why would someone who doesn’t know me make this for me? This opens up the opportunity to share the gospel with them. We are finding that we could give away as many kits as you could make.”