Again I wanted to say thank you to everyone who made reusable sanitary napkins for Craft Hope. For anyone who doesn't know what I'm talking about, please take a quick look at my earlier post here!
A few people mentioned that they would like to contribute but didn't have time before the fairly short deadline for this particular project was up. So! I contacted another group I support in Kenya, Johnny and Kate Brooks of A Future and A Hope.
The Brooks live in Kenya where they have welcomed nine(!) orphaned girls into their family. Family is the crucial word here, they go above and beyond for their girls to provide a safe, loving, learning environment to give them the best chance at a normal life. They also run a boys home and provide as much support as possible to their local community. When I mentioned the idea of making napkins to Kate, she told me that not only would her family of pre-teens and teens appreciate them, but that she also talks to women in the local community about reproductive health and would have many more young women in her area that would benefit from owning these items. The issues in Africa concerning menses and young women missing school due to not being able to afford pads isn't limited to one project, and I hope you will join me in helping these girls get as much education as they possibly can!
Since this is a project I am organizing myself, I am setting a very long, rolling deadline for any contributions. I will happily collect as many napkins as possible at any meeting I attend and will ship them out as they are given to me. I have just purchased some more cotton batting, cotton flannel and have a few yards of microfleece that I can offer up as kits for the next meeting if people are interested (please leave a comment). Again I will also add snaps for anyone who needs them once pads are sewn.
I hope people are as excited to participate as I am :)