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    Our church makes feminine hygiene kits for women in the Gwembe Valley in Zambia. We send our missionaries and doctors to a medical clinic about every 3-4 months. You cannot imagine the excitement of the women as they line up to receive a drawstring bag with underwear, washcloths, a bar of soap and reuseable sanitary pads.

    We make the pads from 100% cotton, flannel and quilt batting strips that are sewn and serged together. Each kit has 8 pads. We also make waterproof liners that hold the pads. Each kit has 2 liners. There are 2 gallon-size ziplock bags in each kit. One will hold the soiled pads, the other holds the clean ones. The pads and liners typically last 3 years.

    In many developing countries, young girls are not permitted to attend school during their menstrual cycle if they do not have sanitary products. There is no way to dispose of paper products in most countries such as Haiti, Africa etc. So, sending paper products is not an option. These kits allow girls and women the have dignity and freedom in their daily activities.

    You might wonder why I am posting this info. Well, a very dear member of the forum mailed me a large box of flannel and cotton pieces. We are able to continue this wonderful project with donations like this! Each bag costs about $10 to make. We packed 160 kits today. That adds up to $1600! So, you can see how important each donation is. Thank you, gramofeight for your generous donation!

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    Bless you both!
    Donna

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      What a wonderful cause.
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        What a great endeavor.
        No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
        Aesop

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          Can you use more fabric ?
          Debbie

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            I also belong to a group who makes these. We do just the pads and liners, another group does the bags (I'd rather be in that group!!)

            I'm not certain how many were made since by friend and I joined last year, but I know I did a couple hundred myself.
            pat.

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              Debbie, we can always use more fabric!! 100% cotton (woven or flannel) would be great. We also use the PUL waterproof fabric but hardly anyone has that to donate.

              Let me know what you have to donate!

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                Pat, I’m so glad to hear of others making these! It’s such a great cause!

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                  Are there any specifics on flannel fabrics, prints, solids, etc. I was at fabric.com and there were lots of named brand for as low as $4.00 a yd. I'd be happy to purchase several yds. and donate. Would it matter if it was slightly ugly prints ???
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                    Originally posted by ktdid View Post
                    Are there any specifics on flannel fabrics, prints, solids, etc. I was at fabric.com and there were lots of named brand for as low as $4.00 a yd. I'd be happy to purchase several yds. and donate. Would it matter if it was slightly ugly prints ???
                    The group I am with does not allow words, animals, etc. Patterns and solid colors are good.
                    pat.

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                      ktdid,
                      Ugly prints are fine as long as it is 100% cotton, it works!!! We try to place a solid outer layer of flannel so that anything not appropriate gets covered. There are 5 layers per pad. The women don't understand cartoons or some holiday/seasonal things so the top layer is usually a solid. We would love a donation!! We try to send 100-150 kits every 3 months (which is 800-1200 pads). Right now, there's a group of 5 ladies who are footing the bill and doing all of the sewing. We will take any donations Message me for my address!!
                      Thank you

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                        Here’s a picture of the ladies receiving their purple bag hygiene kit and some training on how to use and care for them.
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                          We packaged 160 kits for the June trip. I’ll try to post some more pictures. Our next trip is September. A few of you have reached out to me and donated fabric. I want you to know what a blessing your gifts have been! Fabric that was once in a shelf will be turned into a precious gift they will last 2-3 years and will be life changing for young ladies and women!
                          there’s a whole lot of kindness in the world, especially amongst our quilting friends
                          Lisa

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                            I sent you a message
                            Debbie

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                              Ladies, I just received a text today from my pastor’s wife and some pictures from the current team in Zambia. The girls and ladies are thrilled to receive The hygiene kits! We even got a message from one of the principals at the Sikalamba School. The girls are sharing kits because the need is so great! Wish I could personally hug each of you that have sent fabric! We have already started working on the next batch of kits for these precious girls and women, so if you have any pieces of woven cotton, flannel,
                              Fleece or quilt batting just taking up space, I can put it to good use You’ll notice in one of the pictures that a lady from our church is teaching a little lesson on using and caring for the pads and liners for a group of young ladies.
                              Lisa

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