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Days for Girls

 

Co-Chairs:  Sabashnee Govender 914/850-0195

                 Judy Longacre  845/462-5183

 

Work sessions: 3rd Saturday of each month, 1:30- 4:30 pm
Poughkeepsie Meeting of Friends, 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie NY

 

In June 2017, we began a project to address the lack of feminine hygiene products for girls who live in developing countries and refugee camps.  Working with the “Days for Girls” organization, we make long-lasting sustainable feminine hygiene kits.  These kits will cut school absences (5-7 days/month) and in this way, reduce drop-outs and increase completion rates.  Monthly work sessions take place at Quaker Church (Friends Meeting), 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie.

Items & Supplies Needed

If you would like to help this effort with a donations, please contact Sabashnee or Judy (contact information above). 

To complete the kits we need to add wash clothes, underwear and gallon size  Ziplock brand freezer bags. We welcome your donations to help complete the kits.

Guidelines for underwear: Panties

Girls sizes 10, 12, 14, 16 and Women's 5 (Girls size 16 and Women's size 5 are the same size).  A cotton blend brief (nylon causes chafing), no thongs or boy shorts, no faces or animals. 

Guidelines for Washcloths:  Must be cotton and must be new, not white.

Guidelines for fabric:  Fabrics for DfG Kits must be NEW:

  1. For Shields: Quality, durable 100% cotton (sometimes called Quilter's cotton) .
  2. For Liners: Quality 100% cotton flannel
  3. For Bags: Quality, durable 100% cotton or cotton/poly (cotton/poly okay for bags only).

All fabric must be: • Appealing Medium / Dark colors, preferably with patterns that help hide stains. • Botanical, geometric, batik, etc. patterns are best. • No light colored fabrics that will easily show stains • No prints with a face/eyes (animals, fish, people, etc.) • No insects or snakes (butterflies okay) • No Camouflage / Guns / Hunting • No solid saffron fabric for Asia (monk robe yellow) Patterns okay • Avoid Cartoon / TV / Pop Culture / National flags/Words/ Glam. Bed sheets should not be used because the threads are usually smaller and therefore not as durable or strong as the quality fabric you buy at a fabric store.

Guideline for plastic bags:  must be Ziplock brand and must not have a slider as they do not last as long. 


For cash donations:
 

Volunteers at Work


 

Left: Terri Indyk, Fran Levine, Carol Levine, Ann Pinna
Below left: Jean Woods
Below right: Judy Longacre, Nancy Schneider, Dee Hoffman

 

 

 

 

In February 2018, 25 kits were completed for the Vassar Haiti Project.
 

ADVANCING EQUITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS THROUGH ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, PHILANTROPHY, AND RESEARCH

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Website comments are welcome and may be directed to Mary King. This page last updated on May 27, 2019