India – the beauty and the beast…

The contrast between beauty and poverty is striking. The beauty of the beaches, the clear blu water and the colorful bungalows laying side by side on the beaches, in contrast to the streets behind the beaches which are covered with garbage, poor people and cows and dogs desperately trying to find some food in the garbage.

I have just been to Goa in India on holiday with my family for 12 days. The diversity is striking. It does touch something inside of you seeing the two worlds clashes together. You now more than every, appreciate how lucky you are living in the “rich” part of the world.

A week after our retur from holiday, my friend ask me if I would like to join her in a project called: Days for girls. It involved 113 million adolescent girls in need in India. Now it make more sense than ever after visiting India.

Count me in!

The name of the project is: Days for girls. Very shortly Days for Girls was founded in 2008 by Celeste Mergens after working in a Kenyan orphanage and noticing that the girls weren’t educated about their menstrual cycles nor equipped to deal with it (no feminine hygiene products available to them).

This feminine hygiene program’s motto is: Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Their vision is for every girl and woman in the world to have feasible access to quality sustainable hygiene and the health education by the year 2022.

Days for girls volunteers produce reusable menstrual cycle kits. The program has already sent kits to over 60.000 girls in over 60 countries worldwide. These kits last approximately three years and have literally changed the lives of many girls and young women who before had to skip school and/or work due to their menstrual cycles. This in turn has resulted in lower school drop-out rates in many areas as well as a lot less lost income for days missed at work.

Days for girls is also very active in helping set up local sewing cooperatives and teaching the local women how to make the kit components themselves.

And here I was. Sitting in this room with 15-20 other women enjoying the work of importance knowing that the cotton I was cutting will spread happiness into a girl or a young woman’s life. Which of course made me think about my current holiday and my luxurious life compared with their lives were they isolate themselves hiding that they have their period.

Normally they don’t wear any kind of hygiene products which means that they just bleed on the ground. They can’t talk with anyone about their period as it’s a taboo. They can´t go to school or work or socialize with other people. They can just wait while they are bleeding… Just think about it.

So bless the women which are helping other women and girls.

If you are interested in becoming involved or donating supplies more information is available on their webside: Days for girls.

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