Now, the project you see spread out on my table are peri-pads for the young women of Haiti. I have wonderfully devout Christian neighbors who travel to Haiti every year to help at a school as missionaries. The young girls of Haiti are missing school every month when they have their periods. In an effort to educate & assist them in learning good personal hygiene as well as keeping them in school, kits are being made up here in the states, containing washable & reusable pads, lightweight underwear, nice fresh smelling soap, a calendar & some Ibuprofen along with instructions on their usage. (Hopefully, some birth control measures will also be taught, but I don't know that for certain)
I donated my HUGE roll of 'Warm & Natural' cotton batting & together about 12-15 ladies have cut colorful flannel for the top & bottom layers & are now sewing these washable peri-pads together for inclusion in the kits to be taken to Haiti sometime in January. Hopefully, the young women will be receptive to this idea & in the future, there are hopes that they could be shown how to construct the pads themselves, perhaps even make it a profitable enterprise in the future. Treadle sewing machines would be needed in some of the areas without electricity, but some locations do have power.
I felt that if only ONE girl was able to continue her education & perhaps later, lift her own family out of abject poverty because of these efforts, then it was time & money well spent.
Thanks for letting me share my projects with you at The Gazebo House. If anyone is interested in helping out with either cutting or sewing or donating materials, you can email me for details & an online pattern link for the pads.
I can't cut & sew & also be on the computer at the same time...dern it! I'll be back to blogging once this job is complete.