The Power of Two: You Gave Them Sewing Machines and Knowledge...

The Power of Two: You Gave Them Sewing Machines and Knowledge... (This post was originally published on April 26, 2013) Two years ago 5 individuals (Linda, Linda R, Mary, Don and Celeste) took on the challenge of training 52 individuals who gathered in Bullawayo, Zimbabwe to learn how to be Ambassadors of Women's Health and to make washable feminine hygiene products. It was a leap of faith that brought a breathtaking response. The stories of why this was so important, the sighs of relief, the woman that said, "This is going to change our world," were all just parts of this incredible day. After the training, two of the participants would not take no for an answer as they took the knowledge t

"It's Just an Ear!" And Other Adventurers With Days For Girls (Rated PG-13)

"It's Just an Ear!" And Other Adventurers With Days For Girls (Rated PG) (This post was originally published on July 8, 2012 on Blogger) Adventures Abound We just learned that there are chimanzee's and gorillas in the highlands here!!! I did not know this or I would have scheduled two days to go be with them. Imagine a silverback in the wild. Kayte says she is NOT going. In truth we can't as our schedule is full... but next time. Danger or no... we go. Tee hee. Speaking of danger, I am no longer allowed to text. I was trying to text my husband and sent my love and I am truly "all thumbs" when it comes to the old style of "thumb intuative texting" on old phones. Well I accidently sent an I l

The Chief, the Counselor and the Chaos

The Chief, the Counselor and the Chaos (This post was originally published on July 7, 2012 on blogspot) We arose in the dark of 4 AM and headed toward the province where the Great Zimbabwe ruins stand. We picked up a fourth passenger, which meant three of us were in the back of a small compact and two in front. The car was weighed down with DfG supplies generously made possible by supporters like the Soroptimist Club of Anacortes, WA and Lunapads. (Yea!!) So, we were quite low to the ground, but our driver Lucas handled the journey with ease and we arrived just before 11 AM. The plan was to help Ambassadors teach 50 students, only we were instead routed to "Grandpa" who is a revered leader o

Zimbabwe and the Man Who Would Not Take No for an Answer

The Man Who Would Not Take No for an Answer (This post was originally published on June 20, 2012 on blogspot) Hello from Zimbabwe! Today was amazing. Truly amazing. Do you remember how the DFG team last time trained 48 women and 2 men to be Ambassadors of Women's Health and to train others to make their own kits? One of the men was with the Ministry of Education, the other was sent by the governor's Self Help program. Though we advised that it may be especially hard for the women to discuss hygiene. This small and humble man would not take no for an answer. Just as we expected, the women were worried about having men there when we discussed reproductive health. but after the man who came fro

Girls are Precious

Girls are Precious (This post was originally published on June 16, 2012 on blogspot) I wish you could have heard them sing. 50 girls in harmony, "Girls are precious, that's our motto." 6 Zimbabwe DFG Ambassadors of Women's Health from the October training came and sacrificed time and their own funds to get to the training for 50 girls. Unheard of in nations where things are so tight... but that is what they did. They also conducted training on Tuesday and last Thursday. No wonder they have done over 3000 kits since October! They arrived at 9 AM and did not leave until almost 5 PM. They moved around the room expertly guiding. The girls sewed and sang and celebrated their new kits. One girl s

Hello from Zimbabwe!

Hello from Zimbabwe! (This post was orginally published on June 15, 2012 on blogspot) Hello from Zimbabwe! We're here and our layover in Frankfurt may have helped with the jetlag a bit. Today we mostly spent two hours trying to figure out how to print four letters for dignitaries to request meetings, all without power or wifi. This took visits to a cafe with wifi (where unfortunately Kayte and I had to purchase a hot chocolate to merit a space at a table. I know, someone had to make the sacrifice) followed by a visit to a cyber cafe to do the printing. But the first cafe had power, so even though it was a drawn out process to get on the wifi, at least our laptop got charged up! Then we mostl

Follow the Results this Summer

Leavin' On A Jet Plane (This post was orginally published on June 11, 2012 on blogspot) Our bags are packed and we're ready to go.... DFGi Supporters have been sending items for us to take for months so it wasn't easy to fit it all in. Now the day has come... tomorrow morning we head to the airport at 6:30 AM. In the next 5 1/2 weeks you can follow us as we capture the stories of how past expeditions and resources have helped... How trainers are doing at reaching their goals to serve as Ambassadors of Women's Health.... AND we'll travel to train more women and multiply the results in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda. We'll share the news as we go. We can't wait to gather survey's, meet mo

The Changes a Kit Can Make

The Changes a Kit Can Make (This post was orginally posted on December 5, 2010 on blogspot) We had a very large goal to obtain and thanks to you, we reached it! Recent distributions in Kenya were phenomenal. We passed out hundreds of kits. One set was during a near monsoon. As usual, when they heard what we were there to distribute the cheers were deafening, far beyond the pelleting rain on the metal roof. Later we saw them welcomed gratefully to several health clinics. Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of gratitude I have ever “heard” was at a deaf school.The girls there watched the signing translator introduce each of the team and at each introduction they signed “hello” and then rai

Kenyan Orphanage Receives 500 Kits: November 2008 Report

Nov. 2008 Report - First Delivery of Days For Girls Kits (This post was originally published on August 30, 2009 on blogspot) We're back! Days For Girls Was a Transformative Experience. Kenya, Africa It is almost unimaginable, when we learned that girls in Academy of Hidden Talents in the slums of Kenya could be waiting in their room for days during menstruation. But thanks to YOU and many other amazing women and men all over the nation who stepped up to help make a difference so that girls could live every day of their lives more fully, we were all able to make 520 feminine hygiene kits a reality with just 3 1/2 weeks notice!And the impact was far greater than any of us ever dreamed. We visi

Heroes On The Loose

Days For Girls Heroes: (this post was originally published on August 30, 2009 on blogspot) 500 Kits in Three Weeks? No way. Yes! The Swan Foundation, Women of Faith of the Lynden Baptist Church (thank you Betty and Super Friends!), and the LDS Relief Society all sewed until they had blisters. Many people donated funding and voila' 500 kits in three weeks = Hundreds of happy young women. See for yourself! THANK YOU! 1000 Kits in Just Three Months!: The Bellingham Stake Women's Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are sewing 1000 KITS for orphanages worldwide. Lynden Middle School Home Education Club Tackles Kits: These talents students and their dedicated instruct

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