Days For Girls benefits from Feilding quilters
The main reason girls in developing countries drop out of school is because they have no sanitary supplies.
In 2011 when Palmerston North woman Helen Griffin read about the impact the lack of sanitary supplies had on the education of young women in third world countries, she resolved to do something about it.
Griffin contacted an United States-based volunteer network called Days For Girls, and offered to sew their templated homemade sanitary kits.
‘‘They said they didn’t have anyone in New Zealand, and would love it if someone would take it on. Kate, my then-teenage daughter, prompted me to take the next step. She got me into it.’’
Six years ago, using templates sent from the US, Griffin established the Days For Girls sewing chapter with her daughter and local woman Liz Ricketts.
‘‘We were joined by a quilter from Christchurch and a couple of women from Auckland. From there, it has grown and now involves a lot of sewing teams including service clubs and groups, as well as individuals,’’ Griffin said.
The kits are designed to be multiculturally sensitive.
Nessa Sidney-Richmond won the quilt donated by the Feilding Kowhai Quilters.