Preparing to Go

In January of 2011, we had an old-fashioned sewing bee at Dawn’s house. Thirteen women gave up their Sunday afternoon to sew washable sanitary pads for Kenyan teenage girls and women. In Kenya, teenage girls can’t go to school unless they have a sanitary pad. The average Kenyan worker earns $1.00 US a day, and disposable pads cost about $4.00 a box. As such, Kenyan girls lose four to five days of school a month due to the lack of a sanitary pad. Many quit school as they fall behind. This year, we are taking over 600 pads with us, many sewn on the day of our bee, and others sewn and donated from Mary-Anne Sloka, her friend, Nancy, and a group named Sew on Fire. Our deepest thanks to everyone. Hang onto your old flannelette and we will see it goes to these women who sew for the girls in Africa.

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