It’s an incredibly busy time for the Freedom4Girls team, so we’d like to keep our fabulous volunteers and supporters up-to-date with our latest activities and and progress to tackle period poverty. Stay tuned for regular updates on our work and check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds to follow our day-to-day activities!
Last Saturday we ran our monthly sewing workshop at Inkwell Arts in Leeds, making washable sanitary kits for schoolgirls in Kenya who struggle to access safe sanitary protection. It was a huge success, with over 25 volunteers attending, to help cut fabric, sew kit components and assemble the final products. Everything that we’ve made so far will be taken out to Kenya at the end of April by our very own Tina Leslie, to change the lives of hundreds of girls. Each kit is designed to last for 3 years, during which time the girls who receive them will be able to attend school during their period, without having to worry about leakage, health problems (through using unsafe alternatives) or stigma. That’s up to (and perhaps more than) 150 extra days of education that they would otherwise miss out on! What’s more, each and every girl who receives a kit, is given menstrual hygiene management education, tips on how to care for their kits, and perhaps most importantly, an understanding of what their periods are and how their reproductive system works. Wherever possible, we even educate the boys alongside, in a bid to break down the all-too-common stigma and taboo surrounding periods.
We receive so much feedback from kit recipients that they genuinely are life-changing, both in the short and long term. If you’d like to be involved in our sewing programme, please do get in touch and we’d be happy to have you on board!
Fat Guy running!
Heads up for an excellent fundraising opportunity…Simon Pellymounter is a truly inspirational man, who has recently lost a whopping 85 kilos, is running a 5k in Brighton on 11th May, with one of his good friends. He’s very kindly collecting sponsorship in support of Freedom4girls, so if you’re looking for a great excuse to donate (not that you need one!), please pop over to his fundraising page and give him a bit of encouragement. Thank you Simon and good luck!
The ongoing disposables mission…
A huge part of Freedom4Girls’ work in the UK involves the collection and distribution of menstrual products (both disposable and re-usable) that are kindly donated by the public through our ever-growing donation station scheme, as well as various organisations and businesses. Without their support, we would not be able to supply much-needed products to the thousands of people who menstruate and struggle to afford or access them. Within the Leeds area, we currently supply community hubs, foodbanks, homeless shelters and many other charitable organisations. If you feel you can help in anyway, please take a look on our website and/or contact us at email@example.com to find out where your nearest donation station is, how to set one up, or to request products for yourself or someone you know who is in need.