Half the population of the world experience menstruation. Yes guys, you may want to cease reading this blog....that's what it's about.
Over the last three years many of our supporters would be aware of The Umbrella Foundation Australia's connection with Day's For Girls. As previously mentioned, in the last few months I spent some time independently assisting a small group of Kathmandu women set up a team of sewers and educators to produce washable menstruation kits.
I was very privileged to meet Geeta Pfau and her sister Krishna Shrestha, who with a small group of contacts set up a girls/women's hygiene and health program in the poorer government schools in Kathmandu. With a group of six ladies furiously sewing they produced 100's of kits for distribution and ahealth education program which will be monitored over the next few months.
The ladies even managed to make 200 kits which were funded by Umbrella Australia (our High TeaDFG fundraiser) and David Durkan (Mountain People) for Steps Foundation Nepal. These kits were distributed by Beni Ghale (Beni Handicrafts) as part of her women's health education and empowerment program in Kathmandu.
We are also very excited for the group to be associated with the newly established Day's For Girls Nepal. Many women and girls worldwide have and will benefit from this amazing organization with the opportunity of earning an income through sewing, health education and empowerment.
Umbrella Nepal are also joining in with the sewing and we hope to eventually have our own small team of DFG's Umbrella Nepal sewers. TUFAhave donated funds for a sewing empowerment program with our Umbrella youth which commenced before Christmas. It was excellent to hear that the boy's were also keen to join in the sewing lessons. More news and photos on their progress over the next few weeks.