Dignity

“Every human being in every walk of life needs help in building self-respect and self-reliance.”

Marvin J. Ashton

IT’S FOR AFRICA! PARTNERS WITH DAYS FOR GIRLS

Washable, feminine hygiene kits last for 3-4 years.
Washable, feminine hygiene kits last for 3-4 years.

Days for Girls Intl. provides sustainable feminine hygiene kits made by over 800 chapters or teams around the world. They have distributed over one million kits in 100 countries, and It’s for Africa volunteers have peronally distributed more than 3,700 kits across the country of Uganda. These kits empower girls and women with better educational opportunities, better health and increased dignity.  Without the reusable kits many girls sit on cardboard for several days each month, often going without food unless someone brings it to them. Missing so many days of school forces many to drop out and makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

Catherine and Pam are board members of the Days for Girls – Highland Village/Dallas Metroplex Chapter as well as It’s for Africa!.   They, along with many DFG volunteers have made and/or distributed more than 4,500 kits to African school girls and women in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan and Uganda.  

 

In February 2017, after taking a U.N. Humanitarian flight to a northern state in  South Sudan, Pam and Days for Girls board member Heather Olsen were astonished to see a woman wearing a Days for Girls bag around her neck  Then they noticed half a dozen more women with similar bags around their neck! There was no doubt these bags, with their distinctive fabrics and orange twine ,were made by volunteers of their Highland Village TX chapter, but they were baffled how the bags could have ended up in one of the most desolate parts of the world.

Attempts were made to converse with the women, but the language barrier was too great.  Finally, an interpreter came to their assistance.  Four months earlier Fox News analyst Ellen Ratner had personally distributed the bags DFG- Highland Village had donated to GEMS, a nonprofit run by Darrin Petersen and Ellen.  Concerned that there was no evidence of the bags’ original contents, Heather asked them if they used the feminine hygiene products which had been included.  In response they all stood up and applauded!  That tender experience provided validity to the profound effect Days For Girls feminine hygiene kits are making all around the world.

Training girls in South Sudan on personal hygiene and the beauty of womanhood

A June 2017 donation of 500 kits to DFG-Kampala (Uganda) headquarters for distribution in Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudanese refugee camps


Training and distribution in Central Uganda


Training and distribution with Africa Promise Expedition to girls with Nodding Syndrome

Africa Promise Expedition training and distribution to village families with Nodding Syndrome

DIGNITY THROUGH CREATIVE SKILLS

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. ...Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty…” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Colorful fabric flowers African women learned to create


Women learning a new craft

Fabric flowers are worn on clothing or in hair


Making water bottle dolls for their family and hospital children


Young women who made their own bags by hand sewing


Women learning to make a simple bread recipe

Their delight after baking their bread


Admiring their new community baking oven

DIGNITY THROUGH SERVICE

"The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.” — Billy Graham

Repairs at a private school



Building a Tippy-Tap station



Filling recycled bottles with liquid soap


African women and young adults made toys for children in the hospital at Christmas


DIGNITY THROUGH SOCIAL INTERACTION

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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