Days For Girls ben­e­fits from Feild­ing quil­ters

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What's On - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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