Days for Girls is turning periods into pathways. when Founder and CEO, Celeste Mergens, was working with a foundation in Kenya assisting an orphanage in the outskirts of Nairobi. Upon inquiring about the menstrual health practices of the many girls at the orphanage, Celeste learned that many were sitting on cardboard in their rooms for several days each month – often going without food unless someone would bring it to them. This set into motion her first intervention: disposable pads. But Celeste and her team quickly discovered that without any place to dispose of the pads, this was not a viable or sustainable solution. It was time for plan B: a washable, long-lasting pad.
They increase access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating Social Entrepreneurs, mobilizing volunteers and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigma and limitations for women and girls. Days for Girls is turning periods into pathways by providing cost-effective, safe, sustainable and contextually relevant products help women and girls manage their periods and engage in livelihood activities.
"DFG London's reusable cloth menstrual kits have changed the lives of thousands of girls around the world - by allowing them to stay in school past puberty! They free young women in developing countries from "period poverty", paving the road to education, empowerment, and better health. ALL of the kits are HANDMADE right here in London by a passionate and caring group of women! And because they are all volunteers, 100% of donated funds will be used to buy supplies to make more kits."
- Christine T.
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