days for girls

The Rotary Club of Townsville Sunrise has assisted the Townsville Chapter of Days for Girls to better provide sanitary items for girls that would otherwise go without, helping them achieve equity in education and life.

Days for Girls began in 2008 when Founder and CEO, Celeste Mergens, was working with a foundation in Kenya assisting an orphanage in the outskirts of Nairobi. In the wake of historic post-election violence, the population at the orphanage had swelled from 400 children to 1,400.

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. 

The Days for Girls (DfG) Pad is a washable, reusable, beautiful menstrual health product that’s built to last. Our patented design, which includes a protective shield and absorbent liner, is backed by the latest menstrual health research and a decade of feedback from women around the world. It is a truly sustainable solution that menstruators can count on month after month, for up to three years.

Through a Rotary District Grant, Sunrise Rotary Townsville provided the Townsville Chapter of Days for Girls with a new overlocker to continue to make sanitary items for girls that do not have access or the means to have sanitary items.

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For more information visit the Days For Girls website or Townsville Chapter Facebook page: