Changing the future of girls in Pakistan

Changing girls lives in Pakistan

These simple packs will keep them in School

Lubna is doing an awesome job doing education classes and distributing kits throughout Pakistan! She has see first hand the effects of this very practical intervention. Helping girls learn about their bodies and keeping them in school.

Lubna explaining how to care for the pack and how to use the liners

I asked her what the women thought about Days for Girls and how they responded…. here is her reply (used with permisssion)

It is awesome…. when i talked first time about this they just felt not good hear about these things…as they have not heard before due to cultural situation. But as they listen all the details they were amazed and their mouths remained opened. They like this initiative and they would love that there are other girls who are in desperate need of kits. Amazing and lovely work by you. They are sending thanking words to all the sewing ladies.

If you cannot manage your period – you cannot attend school (130,000,000 kids don’t attend school, over 70% are girls)

If you cannot attend school you cannot catch up with the cirriculumn (one week out of every four is missed)

If you cannot catch up then you feel it is too hard to continue

If you don’t continue with school then you leave to work as a domestic and marry young (often to an older man or widower)

If you marry young, you probably have many children (some before your body is mature enough)

And so the cycle continues… for future girls, and generations like it has always been……

The smile says it all – opening of her world, increasing her choices – making her dreams possible

That is why Days for Girls is so important – it keeps girls in school… it gives them choices, helps them build a future, get an education and helps them make different choices for their lives. They no longer are bound by poverty, early marriage and lots of children. It strengthens and builds communities.

A little in awe perhaps but now with the information to change their lives and the packs to make it happen – these girls can stay in school and create a future …. different to generations before them

It increases education.

It provides possibilities and sustainability.

getting information about a previously not talked about topic – can be challenging even for the oldest of the women – but breaking these ingrained cultural taboos is important so women can take part in their community without fear or shame

July Sewing Day …

We all came together and sewed, cut, assembled kits and dresses – it was an amazing group of women who came together for a common purpose – to make a difference. We enjoyed the chance to be with other women – to see how things happen and to giggle and be productive. Most of all it was fun!! Thanks to Gill P for hosting and not blinking when the numbers grew to 11! Her mornign tea was amazing (I had 3 pieces of her amazing cake – but don’t tell anyone!!)

Gill our hostess with the finished kits

Our lovely ladies Sewed and overlocked their hearts out! We all worked on different things according to what we wanted or needed to do on the day

Anna-Maria in the left assembling kits, Tricia sewing dresses, Jenny overlocking shields

Gorgeous Boshka who pinned the hotspot to the linings – she did an amazing job

Leanne and I with a completed kit!

Linda did an amazing job with bags (because we desperately needed them – so thank you Linda) and Sue who sewed little infant dresses with cross over bodices, and Liz sewing the hotspot to the liner pieces…. poetry in action

the assembly line to put together the Days for Girls Kits – Anna-Marie, Me, Leanne and Courtney – with the gorgeous Austin under the table making baby gurgling noises

reading the ingredient label for morning tea – it is serious business

Thank you for your amazing work ladies – and thank you also to Toowoomba and Canberra City Days for Girls for their help in getting the next lot of kits to Pakistan with Liners and Bags – to supplement our own.

I am blown away by our tribe and what we can achieve – it takes many of us – and we made it happen … thank you all

Love C

Mid winter update

Hi everyone

Just a quick update to say hello and how we are tracking….

Changing our name – with the view to becoming a charity…. It really has been something I have been considering for a while that we now do so much than Sew for a Girl – and I have been scoping for an appropriate name….. We have yet to decide on this as I will need to register – and will consult the brains trust (otherwise known as my awesome ladies/friends) … I will keep you posted as I will need to register the name first and then go through the processes to become a charity. This will allow us to provide tax deductible receipts (it is not automatic and will take time for approval) but we will be working on this over the months ahead.

Days for Girls  … as you know we are now a team – Days for Girls Tuggeranong ACT – I am happy that we have sent 46 kits to Pakistan and there are more to come – how great it is to be working for this amazing project that keeps girls in school every school day of hte month, and it delivers amazing outcomes to the girls, women and the community. Pakistan will continue to grow through the facilitation of the program and we are delighted to provide the support they need through this program.

Donations…. Thank you to all who support us in so many ways – we recently took advantage of the Spotlight clearance and purchased a lot of fabrics for $2, $3, and $4 a metre. After cutting … the dresses averaged out to just $2.80 per dress!!!!! Thank you to Kristy, Karen, Ros, Bec, Gill and Liz for your support in this venture! Currently we have $310 in the kitty – and I have purchased $43 in ribbon and $42 in flannelette which have not been allocated yet against this amount. The next Days for Girls shipment to Pakistan will be taken from this amount which is wonderful……

Fabric Donations …. we have had a lovely lot of fabric donated by so many people this last month – and they are all cut and and ready to be sewn (except the shorts which will hopefully cut very soon). We have had amazing donations of PUL (waterproof lining) and flannel from Chris and Gill, and lots of lovely fabrics from Dorothy and Liz, Bec and Gill. And as always the CWA is amazing in their ongoing support.

Undies donations …. we go through heaps of undies!!!! And thank you to everyone who has helped … I feel a little embarrassed that I cannot list you all – but I know CWA Hospital Support, Bec, Gill, Kristy, Chris were very generous – and every one of those little undies goes either into the pocket of a dress or into a Days for Girls Pack.  If I have not mentioned you here I apologise.

Sewing …. as always thanks to all our amazing sewers who sew in their own time, often using their own fabrics and resources to provide gorgeous dresses made with love! Today I received more dresses and the colours and workmanship was as always outstanding. I love it when I receive these gorgeous dresses as I know how much love goes into them – so special!!!!! These are just a few I received in the last few days from Chris M and Dianne S.

Patterns…. are available in the store (the cost covers the printing and postage only) and now will include the 2 to 6 size cross over dress as I have been asked for this so much recently. If you have purchased the pattern previously – please let me know and I will send this dress pattern to you free of charge. We will be sending 20 to Uganda soon….

Labels … also available in the store 🙂 32 labels to the sheet – both boys and girls available

Special Mention – to Elizabeth C and Chris M for your amazing support and donations …. I am overwhelmed and very grateful to have your support 🙂

I think that is all at the moment

Thank you all for your amazing work – I am so grateful


Why is Days for Girls so important?

I am often asked why we became involved with Days for Girls and I think this explains it so well…. Our dresses make little girls smile, feel valued and special – Days for Girls changes their future by keeping them in school and getting an education which gives them lots of choices for their lives.

Honestly this is the best video I have seen – even after watching it 10 or more times I still feel teary

Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

Days for Girls from Miles Hanon on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do 🙂


As I reflect

As I reflect on this global village I am amazed!

I love that we have our special gifts to bring to this little organisation which is Sew for A Girl Canberra

I am thrilled to see the sewers sew dresses, shorts, bags and Days for Girls Kits – that each stitch is done with care and the utmost of love pouring into the garments

Sue at a sewing day in Canberra

I am beyond grateful for your donations of funds, undies, soaps, fabrics and facewashers to do what we know is small but great work

donated fabrics

I acknowledge every step, phone call, chat and encouragement which actions people to help others – our tribe thinking globally

I rejoice in those smiles, those faces and the unfettered joy in receiving something special that the kids have received that is only for them

beautiful Happy with her gifts, bags and dress

And I delight in seeing those that care in countries far away, help coordinate our work and help us do the impossible

Gideon at Imani Kids Tanzania

Lubna – Days for Girls education session – Pakistan

I enjoy every experience, every photo and each sweet card written with the utmost of love

The boys with their treasured cards in Tanzania

I am beyond humbled at the trust in the eyes of children who have seen too much of the sad, the poor, the deprived and sometimes the depraved

those eyes have seen so much and drill into your heart

And I am in awe of the helpers, the carers, the peace makers, the guardians of these little ones

The sweet girls in Nepal through Project Didi

And I know that with each step, each dress, each smile there is hope for a much better tomorrow for these kids and the wider community

Each smile – for a better tomorrow

I treasure our CWA’s, War Widows and countless others who will join us on this venture, because they care and they see that it is so practical and important to touch these little lives

Those bags are a special touch by CWA

So thank you …. without you we would not be able to do what we do

You are our tribe, you have my heart

And I am beyond grateful for you all



What a Week!!!!!!!

Lubna all set to travel to Northern Pakistan to deliver Days for Girls kits and training

Well firstly it has been simply amazing that we have our very first Days for Girls presentation in Pakistan – and it went so well with Lubna doing the presentation.

Lubna explaining Days for Girls


She does not know it yet – but this kit will change her future


Explaining how the items work… certainly better that what they have been using


Listening to the presentation by Lubna – things that even their mothers did not know – and how special they are because – without periods there would be no new life


Shy smiles – but important information will change their lives, their choices and their futures

The girls and their mums loved it… and they are very happy!! We have another lot of Days for Girls Kits being presented as well as the dresses soon – and then I am sure we will have a request for more – but it is very exciting!!!!!

The flip chart kindly donated by Canberra City Days for Girls team


the Days for Girls Kits

So how great is that!!!!

Kits for Sale $35

I am just about to look at having Days for Girls (and women) kits available for sale right here in the shop. They will be $35 each (included postage in Australia) and will include a bag, 10 liners and 3 shields which will last for three years with proper care. Washing instructions are included. If you prefer natural chemical free support for your menstrual needs (or incontinence needs) we are happy to provide kits for your use. Once I have time to photograph the kits I will pop them up in the shop (probably next week). Extra shields and liners will be included at a later date (I will get there)

Shopping for fabric frenzy

Okay I have to admit I love buying fabric (which is pretty fortunate really) … so I am going to take myself to Spotlight on Sunday to purchase fabric as it is super cheap at the moment!!!!!! So far I have donations of $150 which at $2 a metre makes a heap of lovely dresses. Just pop into the donations section here and add y9our amount – then let me know your favourite colours in the comments to seller section – and I will buy the fabric …. you can choose your amount and I am grateful for anything ….. we have wonderful ladies who will sew – and we need fabric at the moment to sew with!! And honestly there is nothing so lovely as to seeing your little dress on a sweet girl or baby!! Please feel free to donate fabric too – always totally welcome!!!!!!

I made this one and it makes me smile …. i love the cute piggies in this fabric!!

New Sewers

Welcome to the lovely Chris M who has joined our happy sewers (and is hosting our sewing day in August) – every week we welcome new people to help our little project at Sew for a Girl Canberra….. I love this journey!!

Sewing Days

Do you want to be involved in the sewing mornings or groups – pop in here to look at dates – please message through the email on the page to find the location


I am grateful for the opportunity to do presentations to the War Widows tomorrow, CWA Canberra at the end of the month and St John Ambulance in August – I am so grateful to have these wonderful opportunities and to meet people who want to help – thank you for the opportunity.

Tax time

I know it is almost the end of the month – so in keeping with the frenzy that happens at this time of the year we can accept tax deductible donations through rotary. Please go here – and don’t forget to write ‘Tuggeranong ACT Australia’ in the requests box!!

I am still waiting for news of the Northern Territory and will shoot off an email on Monday to see where they are up too – but other than that – we are all accounted for – thank you as always for your support – I am truly grateful at the commitment of you all and the difference we make in kids lives.

We are small but we are mighty

Thank you


And so it begins in Pakistan!!

How amazing it is to make a difference to girls so they can attend school (every school day of the month) and they can get an education, they can build a career and make choices in their lives. Did you know that 130,000,000 kids don’t attend school and 70% of those are girls and most girls give up school when they get their periods because it is just to hard to cope missing school days and falling behind because of their periods??

One simple pack changes all of that ! One pack that costs just a few dollars to make (we donate them) and a bit of time. One pack that lasts for 3 years.

So when I asked Lubna how the girls manage their periods in Pakistan we had a very interesting conversation. Girls are not told about their periods, they just happen and then they have to deal with it an way they can …. in many countries that means sitting inside the house like you are sick waiting for it to pass. Using whatever is available to soak up the blood, old cardboard, mattress stuffing, leaves, paper, rags ….. even ash and rocks – infections occur and in particular chlamydia and urinary tract infections.

So Lubna and I have been planning this for months – we both did online training, which is not easy where you have the training in a different language and you have the computer for just one hour a day from a friend. Lubna was unable to download the videos too which made it harder still – but she did it!! and now we have a qualified trainer in Pakistan and we are so delighted that the first kits have arrived along with 12 dresses.

Lubna and the Days for Girls Flip Chart for Training – thank to Philippa Leask for giving us this vital resource

And so we begin. Reaching out to girls in Pakistan. Helping girls stay in school, getting an education and changing the projectory of their future …. breaking the poverty cycle.

The Days for Girls Kits

Lubna with the package contents – lots of dresses and Days for Girls Packs and some gifts too


We have officially got our Days for Girls team going we are Tuggeranong ACT Australia and I am delighted to let you know that we can receive tax deductible donations through Rotary – please write Tuggeranong ACT Australia in the area which is labled ‘Results’ this will ensure we can withdraw the funds … the Rotary online form is here


A quick few things – we are desperate for cards for the kids – our stock is down to about 6 – and I put two in each dress or shorts pack – HELP!!!!! There is info in the side bar of how this works

A shout out to the CWAs who are steadily coming on board and doing such a great job – Moss Vale, Hospital Support Group, Tillgerry, Gungahlin, Bathurst Evening Group and I have had contact from Canberra and Bungendore as well.

I have talks planned at various events which is awesome and I really love showing people what we do!! And how important it is.

We have a contact in Tanzania who runs a school there – I am looking forward to meeting Garratt in July.

Michelle and I will be chatting and developing a plan over the next months as we roll out some events and our plans to get things happening

I will keep you updated with more news as it comes to hand – but it is very exciting


Grateful beyond measure to start to see the photos back from Uganda … this sweet orphanage rescues tiny babies in desperate circumstances, through the courts mainly, and takes such beautiful care of them. Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation NZ is the wonderful name of the organisation… and their work is beautiful.

Every child is so precious it is a privilege to assist however we can

There are more to come but here are the very first two …. so sweet

It reminds me of the saying that …… our legacy is what we give to those who can never repay ….

Bless you


Papua New Guinea – Dress Delivery

It has been a few months since we sent a load of 21 small dresses size 2 to 6 to PNG…. and it was quiet on that front for some time. When working in remote areas I am finding it can be a challenge as I am not sure what to expect or the difficulties of gettting the dresses through to the kids that need them most.

As you know there is a criteria that I adhere too – so I have a contact and am kept in the loop – but sometimes you just have to trust and let go of expectations and our own time frames … which is difficult but essential for everyone’s sanity including my own.

Despite all of that – the first dresses have arrived at the village – which is very remote and under serviced. There was great excitement because the dresses are new – not second hand children’s clothing and by design and the skill of our amazing sewing crew are extremely well made and durable – because there are no washing machines here – everything is washed on the rocks in the river.

This will be perhaps the only new dress these kids will have – and next time I hope to liaise better with the gentleman who goes each year to deliver goods to these villages and we will look at better meeting their needs.

Thank you to Sue, Rose, Chris and Lesley for these dresses – the girls are really very cute in them.

If you would like our patterns to sew – please go into the shop – the flutter sleeve dress and shorts are in this pattern – and they are the most requested and suit all cultural requirements….. also there are labels in the shop also. If you would like this cross over sleeve pattern included I will print one off for you and include it in your pattern – please let me know when you order. Dress Patterns

Our Wednesday morning sewing day will be on the 21st June 9:30am to 1pm in Canberra with morning tea provided. Our big sewing day will be 28th August which is a Sunday 10 to 4pm also in Canberra. Don’t be shy, everyone is welcome…. we have lots to sew and to assemble – we need lots of hands.

With love


18 dresses received by Nepal !!

It is truly such a privilege to be part of this amazing project….. Sew for a Girl Canberra. It is amazing to be part of the bigger picture, of helping kids that we most probably will never meet …. of changing a life one at a time – of bringing a smile to a child and makign their day!

So we are grateful to have contact with Oz Bayldon – Music4kids and the work he does through a childrens home in Nepal.

Here are the amazing photos

Thanks to the CWA Moss Vale for the bags and pencils

The girls in their new dresses – they are very happy with them and were really excited

they look so lovely

Thank you to everyone for making this happen – the donations of fabrics, the bags, and the donations for postage…. 18 very happy little girls!!

With regards


Amani Kids – Tanzania

The boys in their new clothes!!It is so amazing that our package sent 10days go arrived at Tanzania to the kids at Amani!! Thank you so much to the generous man who donated the considerable freight for this package – because it got there in record time and the kids did not have to wait 9 weeks for it to arrrive!!!!

I love this photo – 23 kilos on the back of a motorbike – delivering our box to the kids

The story really begins last year when Robyn talked with the amazing Sue to let her know about this Children’s Home in Tanzania. You might remember that we had a sewing day with donated fabric for the girls… and that package finally arrived after 9 long (and stressful) weeks.

After speaking with Gideon, we decided to sew for the boys – something we have never done before! And the sewing ladies learnt a new pattern and we were off….. thank you so much to everyone who sewed for this amazing delivery – it is so wonderful.

Gideon who manages Amani Kids in Tanzania

Donations of boys T shirts and undies came in from all over – but particularly from Karen, Libby, Sue, Ron, Gill and Kristy. Then Jessica found these amazing colouring packs in KMart for under $4 each and bought out both Tuggeranong and Belconnen…. I gained a few non-specific donations and bought some UNO games ($2.50 each at the local cheap shop!!), Connect 4 and another younger kids game.

The colouring packs are a hit!!

We also included tennis and soccer balls donated by Tash, colouring books and some story books about Australia. Thanks also to Courtney who bought the littlest girls the felt bags and Gill for the older girls colouring books.

CWA makes great bags we used for the girls but had run out – so Sue (bless her!!) made all of these for the boys, from donated fabric we couldn’t use for clothes…… we thought how great they would be for he boys as the girls are using theirs a lot to keep their belongings and treasures in – the boys could use them too!!

The bags are very loved and appreciated

Michelle asked her class to make cards for the kids – and the kids love them!! Each kid got two cards each, and a woolies around the world card too. Never underestimate this important step…. it honestly makes a world of difference to these packages for the kids! There is a spot on the toolbar to show you how to go about it!

Look at the boy on the right looking at the Card from another child across the world – how important is that!!!!!

So every boy and girl in the home has now got new clothes – we picked up the 6 new kids in this package too – 4 of them being girls…..

So I am going to let the rest of the photos speak for themselves – thank you for your amazing support …. I could honestly not do this without your help!!

New to Imani – but still not forgotten – doesn’t she look amazing in her new dress

waiting to open the bags – cheeky smiles!!


The boys in their new clothes …. serious cool looking dudes


too cute!!!! how cool is this little dude

waiting to see what is inside

I had forgotten to add this little girls necklace last time around which she was sad about – we made it right …. I think those eyes say it all really

Bags by Sue!!


Look whats in here!

Feeling great in new threads!

So thank you all – You made it happen!

My heart is full today