Saturday, February 14, 2015

You Can Make a Difference




Did you know girls in many third world countries miss a week of
school each month because they lack access to feminine hygiene products?
 Handmade cloth feminine pads that are both washable and re-usable, 
can provide girls with dignity to continue their education.
A quality education is one of the few hopes these girls have
to rise above extreme poverty.

Since the earthquake of 2010, teams of medical volunteers have been traveling to Haiti
to conduct feminine hygiene education classes at the eight Christian schools
sponsored by Mission Possible. For the past two years, Sew*Quilt*Share
has been partnering with other churches and community organizations to
sew cloth feminine pads that can be assembled into "feminine hygiene kits"
for female students.




Along with basic hygiene information, 
each kit contains:
2 bars of soap, 3 pair of underwear,
100 ibuprofen tablets, 5 safety pins, and 10 cloth feminine pads.





                   
By sharing the procedures our group uses to produce the cloth feminine pads, 
we hope to inspire others to sew for this wonderful cause.



100% cotton flannel is purchased and cut into one yard pieces.




100% cotton batting is purchased, usually by the roll, and cut into 
more manageable 8.5" strips.




Flannel and batting are placed into a gallon size ziploc bag
to form a "kit" that can easily be distributed. This is a great place
to plug in volunteers who lack sewing skills. Several life groups
in our church have met to cut pads as a service project.





The pad pattern is traced onto the flannel fabric and cut out.
The pattern can be found here.


The lining pattern is traced onto the cotton batting and cut.



A total of 20 flannel pieces and 40 cotton batting pieces (enough to make 10 pads) 
are placed back into the ziploc bag, along with a set of instructions
This forms a "sewing kit" which can easily be passed onto those
who will sew the pads together. 




 
                                                                                       

Once the pads are sewn together they are packed into boxes 
and passed along with a prayer of blessing.




The boxes travel a few miles away to our friends at 



Pads from sewing groups like ours, are gathered throughout the year
and then assembled by volunteers into the feminine hygiene kits.





Here are a few of the kits ready for shipment to Haiti. 
Nice job ladies!



Once the feminine hygiene kits arrive in Haiti teams of medical volunteers 
conduct classes to help educate girls about menstrual cycles and proper body care. 
The kits provide girls with information and supplies that will enable them 
to attend school 45 more days each year. 
In 2014, over 5,000 cloth feminine pads were donated for this project. 



The hope is to expand the outreach allowing more girls
to receive a quality education and learn about the love of Jesus.

Please visit these links to learn how You Can Make a Difference!


May you always Sew in Peace!

13 comments:

  1. You are a blessing to these young girls. Our YW's group makes these kits for girls in Africa, where concealing the time of month/maturity it is is a safety issue.
    God bless the hands that make and the girls that receive.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!
    I would love to do the same for our group.
    Bless all the people behind this project.

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  3. May God continue to bless you as you bless others!

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  4. Thank you all! Blessing to you as well:)

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  5. It is so nice to hear about these kind of efforts. Please keep up the great work!

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  6. Are you still doing this project? I would love to get a group together. Please contact me at katrinaziemer@gmail.com with a few more details (such as shipping and such and I would love to get involved.

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  7. I wonder if high-absorbent microfiber cloths would work better than batting? Like these:

    http://smile.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Microfiber-Cleaning-Cloth-Pack/dp/B009FUFCDQ?ie=UTF8&keywords=microfiber%20cloth&qid=1465268101&ref_=sr_1_11&sr=8-11

    Also there is a reusable product called the "Diva Cup" or other silicone menstrual cups that could be distributed:

    http://smile.amazon.com/Diva-Cup-Childbirth-Packaging-Vary/dp/B000FAG6X0?ie=UTF8&keywords=diva%20cup&qid=1465268432&ref_=sr_1_2_s_it&s=hpc&sr=1-2

    Hope those ideas are helpful!

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  8. I would love to know if you are still doing this? And if so can you contact me at shootingsadr@yahoo.com. I love sewing and am now making these for myself. Blessings Lisa

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  9. i made these for our operation christmas child boxes last month. i would love to send hygiene kits. where do i send them?

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    1. Completed pads and hygiene kits can be mailed to:

      Sew*Quilt*Share
      c/o Gateway Church
      9555 County Road 9
      Findlay, OH 45840

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  10. Hello, I am setting up a team to work on this project. Where are you sending the pads and how do you get them there? Do you have certain contacts in other countries? I am considering asking people who travel to take an extra bag and locating a school/orphanage or church to give them to. One of my concerns is that the pads are not being sold for profit once they leave our hands
    . How do you deal with this? Thanks so much for all you are doing.

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    1. The pads our church collects are donated to Mission Possible located in Findlay, Ohio. Mission Possible ships the hygiene kits to Haiti and is in charge of distribution. Part of the beauty of this ministry is that a network is in place to provide education and medical care for the recipients.

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