March Update

Hi everyone – especially our amazing supporters and generous friends – what a month it has been.

We are doing a call out for Kenya at the moment and I am always delighted with the response when I put it out there about what we need! I was looking for girls undies – 200 of them and 100 face washers and the generosity has been incredible!! People have posted them, dropped them off, given them to friends and even started collections like at Fernwood Tuggeranong ACT. It is amazing when women get together for a cause and they want to help in real and practical ways.

Days for Girls Kits change lives and outcomes

In April we will be putting these kits together. Then training up an ambassador and dropping of 100 Days for Girls Kits which will change the lives of girls in Kenya. It is a drop in the ocean and I fully expect that we will be doing this every year for the foreseeable future…. the need is so great. Keeping girls in school is so important – without an education they cannot be released from poverty, they marry young and have many children (one of the reasons why the orphanage industry flourishes in Africa – the kids are often not orphans – the families simply haven’t got the funds to go around to lots of kids).

Love this pic …. relaxed teens

Sometimes people ask why I do this – and my answer is how can I not do something that changes girls lives – it ticks the boxes for me – it is a sustainable and practical answer for periods, it costs us little and is offered free, it comes with training and education and it helps to alleviate poverty. It breaks taboos and on a very real level the girls are able to make different choices for their lives – they can get an education, build and career and work in a stable job. They also will continue to affect generations to come by seeing education as a way forward and out of poverty. We know if you education women to change communities. It simply starts with us and people like us from all over the world.

Kenya – we are coming with 100 kits

Pakistan has distributed 30 more kits and now for march we will be sending 60 kits for a large village. I try to include pencils, rubbers and sharpeners for the kids and whatever I have been donated – toothbrushes and toothpaste is also so appreciated. The kids are really delighted when they receive their own pencils for school. Thank you for all your donations.

Lubna distributing in Pakistan

For the next distribution I have been given a lot of women’s underwear which I have included in the box – this is to assist Lubna to swap out the girls undies for more women size undies for the mothers and the women. So if you see them on special – we do use them – just send them over.

We give kits to women and mothers too

With Pakistan we sent over 24 dresses and 21 shorts sets for boys – these were greatly received and the kids look great in their new clothes. I thank you all for the fabric, sewing and donations of funds to get them there.

the boys in their new clothes with a card from Dapto Scout Group

I also am so grateful for the Dapto Scout Group for their work in producing beautiful cards which are so precious to the kids – they loved them – well done!!

New clothes, cards and pencils

We will have a delivery of clothes to go to Tanzania in May/June which will cost a large amount to ship. I will pop up a MyCause crowd funding I think to help with this as we are probably looking at around $300.

Our last delivery of dresses to Amani Kids Home in Tanzania

And breaking news is that we are discussing the opportunity for Vietnam having Days for Girls and a Micro Enterprise there….. more later as things get moving.

Lastly here is Ron with the overlocker – it is now serviced and ready to go again.


Thank you all for your support – in everything you do for us!!

February 2018 Update

Well we have had a great month – and we are back into the swing of things

Our February sewing days was very successful with another new lady coming on Board to sew with us. We have completed our first Monthly Report for the International organisation and we are now officially a Days for Girls International Team

One of our sewing days

We sent kits to Pakistan this month and they have been distributed so another 24 girls and ladies now have kits of their own. In addition we are going to send clothing to Pakistan this week and another 30 kits! It keeps us all busy.

Night time in Winter does not stop our Days for Girls work!!

I spoke with the Probus Club in Dickson with a great deal of interest from the ladies. We received $60 in donations and lots of interest in cleaning out the stash of fabric in their homes – so it was a wonderful morning. Thanks to Colleen for making it happen and the Probus ladies for being so welcoming.

Lubna and the girls in Pakistan

We have a lot on our plate at present with clothes being sent around the globe but thankfully we have a lot of active sewers – Sue and I often remember when she and I did the bulk of the work and now we have ladies in every part of Australia and this week I got 3 parcels of beautifully sewn clothing – from Heather, Dianne and Lesley.

Our Flutter Sleeve dresses

Exciting news is that we are sending 100 kits to Kenya with Global School Partners – we will be training the leader through the online training and we are rolling kits out to 4 schools and Safe Haven Orphanage. Plus all the children at that orphange will receive new clothing too!!

Last year in Kenya – more to come this year in July

We will change the name of this charity to Sew for Change Australia this year as our work has broadened the scope – stay tuned for an exciting new look. We will try to get it recognised as a charity with tax deductible status.

Thank you for all your support

We raised $610 in our MyCause Campaign which will assist us to send kits to Pakistan over the next 4 months!! that is 120 girls and women

We are looking forward to a wonderful busy and productive year

January News

It has been a pretty crazy month as I have been liaising with many people trying to get some traction on getting our clothes and days for girls kits over to Pakistan. It started with contacting and then meeting Her Excellency Naela Chohan, Pakistan High Commissioner in Canberra – who was so gracious and very much in support of the work we do. She is hoping to continue this work when she ceases her tenure and moves back to Pakistan in April. Two ideas came out of this meeting – firstly she will encourage the Pakistan Radio station to interview me about the work we do and secondly will invite me to an event to meet people who might like to know what we are doing and perhaps help.

Lubna distributing the toiletry kits to the kids in Pakistan

So in building awareness I applied to 3 facebook pages for Pakistanis in Australia. I know it is cheeky, but I couldn’t figure out a better way of trying to connect. One so far has allowed me to become a member and to share what we do, and I have had a lot of support – and a bit of negativity (which I guess I wasn’t really prepared for but it was okay) – being a woman and Australian. But the great news about that is I made three wonderful contacts – who hopefully I will meet and we can take things further. The women are supportive and while it is early days – it is encouraging.

You will notice that I have issued a MyCause page – and thank you to everyone who has donated so far. we are almost at $500 both through the page and with donations. Each dollar goes towards our postage costs – and that is amazing. Here is the link for donations

A little girl at Fountain of Peace wears one of our dresses in Uganda

As discussed last year we will be morphing the organisation into Sew for Change Australia – I have registered the business name and the domain name and we will rebuild the brand and website. Our hope is to make it a charity and this will take some work – but it will have tax deductible status (if all goes to plan) and a shop too – so everything will grow over this year – w have already designed the labels which will start to roll out this month.

Our new labels

One of the reasons for the renaming to Sew for Change Australia is that Sew for A Girl Canberra has become a bit obsolete as we sew for boys too! And we also have gently cut ties with Dress a Girl Around the world and build other ties to Days for Girls. I am sure things will grow further and I am delighted to  see where this goes – it is so exciting.

We have sent our shipment to Pakistan of another 30 kits this month and it has cleared customs so we are waiting for it to arrive at Toba Tek Singh in Pakistan. Lubna will send us photos when it is all distributed.

I spoke to Simon Carrol who runs Global School Partners and we sent 20 dresses to Safe Haven Orphanage through his organisation a year ago. The team is going to Kenya in July and we will be sending clothes for all the 40 boys and girls, there will be bags from the awesome CWA ladies and 100 days for girls kits into 5 schools with Lyn who will provide the training! We will be sending funds to buy soap – it is a little thing – however the issue is that the families have no soap – so in the trial of pads from Pad Haven, the soap disappeared into the family rather than staying with the kit – due to the unavailability of soap for poor families and the cost of such a luxury! The pads then has to be washed on rocks which shortened the life of the pads – so  we will be sending over funds with Simon to buy as much soap as we can – so I will be asking for some funds in about April!

Our last dress donation to Kenya – the girls loved them – we cannot wait to do it again!!

We have had some new sewers join us lately – welcome Laureen, Emi and Deb.

Thank you to a number of amazing donations lately of fabric from unexpected sources. We are so blessed.


First Distribution for 2018!

Well how amazing to see the faces of our very first recipients of our first 2018 distribution.

It is winter in Pakistan – the nights cold and clear – but that did not stop our wonderful Lubna Ghani in doing an information session for the 24 girls and ladies and distributing the kits. The cost of dealing with periods in Pakistan is very large – the materials expensive and there are no rubbish collection facilities – many don’t even have toilets or a hand pump in their houses.

Lubna explaining that every girl menstruates for approximately 3000 days in their lifetime

Washing hands saves lives and is a basic skill that is important to community health

Explaining the soap in the kit

Showing how the kit works

Giving each girl and lady a new Days for Girls Kit!

Speaking with the mothers and grandmothers

the grandmother on the left is the oldest lady in her village at 72. She collected a kit for her grand daughter and will explain it to her

Each distribution includes a session where the recipients learn how the body works and how to use the kit and then how to care for the kit – to make sure it lasts 3 to 4 years!! Lubna has now distributed over 100 kits to women in Pakistan.

And what is so exciting is that we are breaking new ground. In Pakistan periods are not talked about… they are endured. Mothers don’t tell their girls.  Teachers don’t tell their students. Couples do not speak of periods. We are breaking down those barriers and I hope that one day Girls will be able to talk openly to their families, Mothers to their children, Women to their husbands…… yes we are breaking new ground!

Lubna says ……Males of the society understood my presence with females of this community. But they are not open due to social hindrances. They showed great care and love and appreciated for such wonderful efforts towards women and girls.

Excitingly we have been offered a place in the International Days for Girls and while I don’t know what that means as yet – it seems very encouraging!

We are having a drive to collect funds to distribute kits to Pakistan over this year – we need to raise $1680 to send 360 kits to Pakistan … that is 360 girls in school for the next 4 years – that is pretty incredible. I am trilled to let you know that we have raised $490 so far!! Please be a part of this to help get kits to these girls you can donate here

We are looking towards an amazing year – thank you for all of your support

With love


Christmas time

As I write this I understand how busy we all are and how like many people I am running trying to get everything done. So firstly my apologies for not updating this for a while – I have gone back to paid employment (which I am enjoying immensely) but I have kept the facebook page up to date but not the website! So for the most up to date information please visit our facebook page….. Sew for a girl Canberra

with so many thanks to you all!!!!!

It seems to me that we often think the need is so great we can only make a drop in the sea of need. And while this individually is true – it is actually amazing what we can achieve together with a vision. What started out in July 2016 has grown to make a difference to 750 children and really, if we counted the many kids benefiting from school supplies and ongoing flow on effects for girls as they are able to attend school regularly – the flow on effect for the communities is much greater.

Changing these girls lives through Days for Girls Kits

One thing that we realised this year is that we do what we can, but we don’t spread our funds too thinly. We have been asked to provide toilets, school fees, washing machines and countless other things. But we know where we make the most impact and have identified that by harnessing our own abilities and providing lots of opportunities to create, donate and be involved, we are helping many more children.

A delivery of 30 or so dresses that have been lovingly sewn 🙂

The donations of fabric, undies and soaps etc, have become so regular that we now do not buy these things very often. Flannelette was a big issue for us this year as the fabric used in each menstrual kit is 1 metre. This became very costly and was taking quite a bit of our donated funds. With the help of the group we have now rolls of flanelette and it is wonderful to know that we have enough for sometime. Thank you everyone for your donations to buy the flannelette and Tanya T for your amazing and generous donation. Thank you also to Chris M who donated metres of PUL this has lightened the load hugely and it needed in all the shields we make.

Packing the Days for Girls Kits

Postage is always an issue – with $140 used every month to pay for the postage of 10 kilos (30 Kits) into Pakistan. We certainly need to do a fundraiser in the early part of next year to continue our work. It is essential to get the kits to the people who need it and it is making such a difference to the girls lives – we cannot stop now!! If you would like to donate towards the postage – we would be really grateful – it is really our most pressing need at the moment. Donate here.

The education session … learning about periods – information they never have been told before!

So it is with my grateful thanks to all my amazing team who cut, sew, package, pack, and donate their time and efforts to this project. Without you I could not possibly get it all done! Every week I am contacted by a person who is interested in sewing for us. While a few have dropped off the radar – many have joined and at last count there were about 50 from most states and Territories of Australia. While I cannot thank everyone – I would like to thank in particular Jenny S, Liz Mac, Linda, Chris M, Julia M, Sue H, Gill P and Leonie who are always doing everything they can to make the project succeed.

Our regular sewing mornings

A particular shout out to Gill P who helps me co-manage the Days for Girls part of our venture – and works so hard at washing, dyeing, tracing and also cuts, pieces and overlocks all our bags. Gill does an amazing job. Gill is still grateful when I arrive with more fabric to cut – or undies to dye exclaiming ‘oh goody!!’ – and does it all with humour and never a complaint!

Gill my co-manager for Days for Girls

Also thank you to Sue H and her husband Ron who work together at tracing all the dresses and the shorts and cutting them and putting them into packs. This is amazingly time consuming, but it is so useful for our sewers to know it is all ready for them when they pick up their packs for sewing. Sue also sews many dresses and shorts and sustains her sense of humour even when I arrive with boxes of donated fabrics! Ron has my old Janome overlocker and is now our hotspot washer, cutter and overlocker guru. We have introduced Ron to the rotary cutter recently and he is really enjoying this quick way of cutting the hotspots.

Sue – who I would be totally lost without

Of donations – there are so many it is hard to know where to start. So thank you to my friends who give of their time and funds to help out where they can …. we certainly are in a much better place at the end of this year than at the beginning! Our call outs are less frequent and this is a great thing. Every time I have had a call out – people have helped… with funds… with donations…with fabric…  I am beyond thankful. I appreciate you all and hope you will keep an eye out when we occasionally need assistance – without your help – it would have fizzled to nothing.

One of the generous donations of fabric received this year

Thank you to the amazing CWA – we now have several teams that help us regularly – and it is such a wonderful thing! We love getting the packages which always hold marvelous things to help our work – and the ladies are so fantastic to work with – thank you Kerrie and Elisabeth!

A letter from one of the Dapto cub scouts – says it all really!!

Over the last 18 months we have gone from strength to strength – Sue and I often reminisce about the time would try to match up fabrics for the tiny dresses and have nothing to use….. how we used to regularly go to Lincraft for a piece of cotton to blend in with several dresses at once, or how I would constantly be buying bias binding……..and now we have lots of gorgeous fabrics, bias and notions which have been donated and we are so blessed.

One of our dresses on a little girl at Fountain of Peace in Uganda

Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas, and we have a lot to celebrate. Love, friends, hope and a sense of belonging to a world which we can offer all of these things. So from me to you, I wish you a blessed Christmas, full of love and joy, and my heartfelt gratitude on helping make the life of children a little easier because we care.

Small things – these pencils are good quality and will help at School in Pakistan – many of our parcels contain school supplies

With love


Busy month – and more kits

Another amazing session

It is always wonderful to see the amazing responses to our Days for Girls kits sent into Pakistan … we have climbed up to 146 kits

This is new information – they are interested in learning what they have never known or discussed before. The mothers are also learning – as they do not know either

There is a very logical process of learning about menstruation and then what is in the kit … Lubna is holding undies as many poor people do not wear them – but they are essential for the other parts of the kit to work

This will change their lives – keep them in school, give them choices


The women come for their kits – this will help them so much

Educating the educators

Last week Lubna educated the teachers at her school – we are hoping to roll out more kits with the help of UTAH and train more leaders

Lubna explaining about Days for Girls

The teachers

Well our sewing day was a great success – we hoped for 60 kits and we managed to pack 90!! Thank you to our sewers, packers and everyone behind the scenes who couldn’t make it but do an enormous amount of work to get things done so we can get on with the kits on the day.

Here are our wonderful helpers this sewing day!

Chris (L) Gill and Jenny – in the sewing room – overlocking bags and liners

the lovely Leonie in the assembly room – coordinating the work and packing them into tubs

Linda – completing bags with a smile

Our two newest members – Sue and Hilary – assembling kits …. 90 – a record

We were delighted to send shorts over to the Solomon Islands via Dress a Girl NZ –  and here they are on the line (just some of them!!) We also sent dresses to Uganda in this shipment too

Shorts for boys, t shirts and undies

Here are the boxes we sent to the Christmas Box appeal with our dresses and shorts in them – plus lots of stationery items donated through the past months

lots of kits for boys and girls – no matter where they go we have helped more children in need

We are coming into November now – our last sewing day for the year

Thank you for all your support – it is amazing



We are on track to the end of the year

Just a brief update as I wait for the delivery to be confirmed for Pakistan

Sewing morning is this friday!!!!

9;30am to 1pm

Grant Cameron Build (ground floor meeting room)

Mulley Street in Holder ACT

Everything is going really well – we have wonderful new sewers and kit enthusiasts who are excited to be involved. Welcome to Leonie, Sue and Hilary who have just joined our happy team.

We are very grateful for the amount of fabric donations we receive – it is just so wonderful that people find us and donate … thank you in particular to Michelle and Lori this month who have given us bundles of fabric. Plus donations of undies and face washers, flannelette and PUL – we are so grateful – as then funds from donations  can be sent towards postage.

Please note our postage kitty is empty – and I would love some help …… if you want to donate – please go here

I will post again once I have photos from Lubna – but thank you always for your support – it is amazing

With heaps of love and gratitude


End of September Report

I cannot believe it is a month since I updated but a lot has happened to be proud of!

After receiving the Days for Girls Training and their new kits

Firstly we have sent another 30 Days for Girls Kits to Pakistan so we are up to 106 kits now … and propose to send 30 kits a month. We have had donations for ribbon (thanks Yvette and Bill for your kind donation), and lots of cotton fabric, and I am so grateful that people are kindly donating undies and face washers.

Currently it costs $140 AUD to send each box of 30 kits and this is an on going monthly expense that we will need to do something about shortly. I have something in the pipeline to raise funds and I hope it comes off!! In the meantime – donations are very welcome as it is hard to get the funds together each month and the postage kitty is now very low.

Donations are gratefully received to help us get the Days for Girls kits and clothing out to kids in need – please donate here

The dresses we made and sent to Pakistan

I also have to thank CWA Hospital Support Group for their amazing donation of $200 which helped us send the 30 Days for Girls Kits to Pakistan, 10 dresses and 10 shorts sets for boys to the Christmas shoe box appeal, 20 dresses to Uganda via New Zealand and 10 boys shorts and T shirt sets for Vietnam via New Zealand – that is 80 children helped by your amazing generosity!

Lubna with the 32 dresses we sent

I have had to purchase a lot of flannelette recently – it is something that rarely gets donated – so may I ask you to look in your fabric stash and consider donating it – we just don’t have the shops in Canberra that sell it cheaply enough. Although recently I asked the ladies at the Craft Destash facebook site for help in this regard and was able to purchase flannelette at $4 per metre plus postage. I particularly need prints at the moment and would be really grateful to get some – each kit takes 1 metre of flannelette (that is 30 metres required for each lot of bags we send – it adds up quickly)

Kits being packed at the September sewing day

Lubna continues to work with the girls – and the ladies and mothers to really make the most of the training in the Days for Girls Program. I was asked recently to write an article for the Australian Days For Girls organisation. So I hope to share that with you soon once it is published.

Gideon in Tanzania is working on getting  the Matrons of Amani Kids trained for ‘Days for Girls’ and I also mentioned the small course ‘Men (or boys) who know’…. we are looking at sending kits to Tanzania via a bag carried onto the plane by an Australian volunteer. Postage to Tanzania is very inhibitive and costly – plus items seem to take ages to be released from he customs area. I will let you know how things go.

Lubna prepping the girls for the kits the girls will complete the training once the kits arrive

Our sewing morning in September was wonderful – sadly several of our regulars were not able to make it, we missed them – but we achieved 38 kits and lots of bags and dresses. We love new people to come on board too – and welcome Leonie to our merry group. She did a sterling job of assembling the kits and can sew as well!!

Leonie and Liz putting the kits together

Thank you to Sue and Ron who have taken over a lot of the dress and shorts cutting at the moment – Sue marks out and Ron cuts out! Such a great team – and certainly without my amazing ladies who help me so much we would not be able to do what we do.

New dresses – made possible with donations of fabric and the expertise of our sewing ladies

And thanks to Gill who is always ready to piece bags together, wash and dye (when necessary) fabric – I am so grateful to her – and could not do this without her help and humour. Even when I buy fabric and offer to wash it, Gill says she wants to do it – and I am so grateful!! she doesn’t even get fazed when I mention 20 metres!

Thank you also to all the marvelous donations of fabric, undies and face washers – we really rely on these to keep things moving. Particularly to Tash for facewashers, Gill for more fabric, Chris for lots of PUL and Libby for t shirts, face washers and fabric. This week I received more fabric donations from people who found us on the website.

Beautiful Kim and Linda -at the sewing day

I have lots of dresses to photograph tomorrow and will put lots of photos up on our facebook page – they are truly gorgeous and I love that everyone does a fabulous job sewing them all with love.

Leonie’s hands in action assembling the kits

Lastly – a shout out to our new sewing ladies Katy, Kim, Leonie and Ronnie. Welcome to the wonderful crazy team of people … we know you will enjoy it all!

Kits arrived – Girls are empowered, Mums are learning new info

Proudly holding the items that will keep you in school and change the direction of your life through education

We are up to 76 kits!!!! whoooo

Celebrating information and education which will change their futures

We have made our 3rd delivery and we are pretty proud of that

So the girls are learning new information and have a pack that will last them 3 to 4 years …. they will be in school no matter what time of the month ….. they will learn, and in the future can make choices rather than be powerless to make choices!

the pre education phase

And Mums are learning too – more information than they ever had before

lovely Lubna and a teenage girl who participated in the DfG training

Enjoy the photos

Every Girl. Everywhere. Period!


End of August Update

New Days for Girls Kits – keeping these girls in school and armed with the knowledge they need

Well these last weeks have gone fast but we are working behind the scenes to help kids in many ways … thanks so many people for your assistance – it is marvelous how many people are involved and I appreciate you all.

Thanks Chris for a fabulous sewing venue      

As I write this I am having a tea and reminiscing about our wonderful sewing day today and how many fantastic sewers and helpers we had. How great is this little village?  Today we focused largely on the Days for Girls packs as our hope is that we will get in front of what is needed each month … currently we send Lubna in Pakistan 30 kits a month and this seems to be what we can feasibly manage. In real terms this is quite a lot of work and uses a lot of resources … for instance 30 kits uses 30 metres of flannelette in the 240 liners, 2 metres of PUL (almost) and 60 large zip lock bags and the same amount of undies and then 30 facewashers and soaps. Thirty kits definitely take more that one 6 hour day for a group to finish…. there are many hours of sewing prior to the day to get these kits done.

So with thanks to Linda, Liz, Jenny, Gill, Chris and Natalie for all your work prior to today …. it helped us produce the kits on time. Thanks to everyone who donated undies and washers too – it makes so much difference!!

Funky shorts by Linda!!

The Cook Consortium has been spectacular in their sewing efforts recently and today we received the fruits of their labour. Thank you to Tania who assists in bring this all together and the amazing ladies who sew and get things done!!

Wonderful colours and dresses by the Cook Consortium … blown away

Colourful shorts for the boys too!

We have received lots of dresses too from others in the group this month …. Julia, Sue, Chris, Linda and Di …. we are stockpiling for several deliveries now …. and look forward to sending them out in the months ahead….. Uganda, Kenya and Papua New Guinea are just a few countries we are going to be supplying. In the next weeks ahead I will be sorting out the logistics of deliveries.

We did a talk to the Laurel Group in Belconnen last week which went very well. The ladies loved the information and several are going to look through their stashes at home. I also thank Lori for collecting fabric and we have lots of great boys shorts fabric as well as bias, lace and pretty prints. Every week I receive fabric – and it goes to good use … nothing is wasted and we try to use everything – if we cannot use it we find someone who can!!!

As I write this update I am waiting for photos from Lubna who gave out packs today. But here is the photo she sent me of the session preparing the girls for the kits. There is much excitement as the girls learn about their amazing bodies and how special they are. It opens their eyes and is a wonderful way to help them see menstruation for what it is – rather than shameful and taboo. I am also sending out dresses to Pakistan this week.

It is also interesting to note that keeping girls in school is vital in the girls not getting caught in sex trafficking … uneducated girls are most at risk.

Thank you also to my amazing friends who kindly donated funds for this cause for my birthday!!! We have purchased fabric, ribbon and postage with some of the funds and will continue to use these funds over the months to come 🙂

I am so grateful for your support … this week we are sending 38 dresses to Pakistan and by the end of the month 20 dresses to Fountain of Peace in Uganda! We cannot do it without your support.

With love and a grateful heart