High tea to help PNG women
A HIGH tea to be held this month in Bridgetown will raise money for the non-profit group Days For Girls and its work in Papua New Guinea.
Special guests at the tea will be three PNG women – Alva Meti, Christine Gawi and Theresa Endy.
The women are training Papua New Guinea people to make reusable sanitary kits for distribution, using sewing machines, fabric and other supplies shipped from WA.
“We sent everything they would need to get started as a micro-enterprise and making these things themselves,” Days For Girls spokeswoman Brenda Dawes said.
The PNG women hope to set up their own dedicated workplace and storage facility, using refitted sea containers.
They have raised 2000 kina but need a total of 13,000 kina or about $5000.
While still early days, the aim is for the enterprise to eventually employ women to make and supply kits free to those in need while also generating some income through sales.
“They need a partner to help and encourage them and get them up and running properly,” Mrs Dawes said.
Taboos still surround menstruation in many countries, she said, making these reusable sanitary products vital in helping girls attend school and take their place in society. The mission to make the products more widely available is attracting growing support through the Bridgetown group, including from Manjimup and Quinninup.
The group has sanitary kits available for sale in WA for women who want a reusable product, with sales supporting the work of Days For Girls overseas. The high tea at Bridgetown Gardens on October 22 will include a silent auction and raffle.
Tickets are $25 and available from Bridgetown Family and Community Centre, the community resource centres in Bridgetown and Manjimup and Sew Gentle Era Bridgetown.
Brenda Dawes says sales of Days For Girls reusable sanitary packs will support the group’s work in Papua New Guinea.