I am always amazed at where the time goes and how crazy this life can be – but how wonderful too!! We have received so much in the past month – funds for postage, loads of fabric, countless undies and face-washers. We are so grateful – without your support we could not do what we do!!
Big news is that soon I will have an account for you to donate into and get a tax deductible receipt – I will have this available prior to the end of June!! Plus anything you buy for Days for Girls Kits – I can claim the GST you pay – so please give them to me or scan them and email to me so I can claim these funds back – email@example.com
Helping in small ways – here we work in small ways to make a big impact but what can you do?? There is actually a lot that helps us!!!
- Collect small guest soaps from hotels on your travels – we use them for the Days for Girls kits
- If you have a fabric stash you will never use but cannot bear to throw away – we are here to help especially if it is cotton! But if it is not, we certainly know lots of charitable sewing groups that love it and we will take it and pass it on
- We love flannelette!!! just no animals, camo, guns, or skulls – the brighter the better – but Gill dyes the too light stuff – if it is on special – we love it when it is donated to us!!!! Each kit takes a massive 1 metre of flannelette!! 100 kits – 100 metres! or donate a little money and we will buy it
- Undies – all kids sizes, boys and girls and cotton or cotton blend
- Face washers – the cheapies are great – not too thick and better to pack and post
- Ribbon – 15mm grossgrain for the ties …. here is a link we go through so much – 2.5 metres for each bag
- Your sewing skills even if you live far away – we have sewers all over Australia – we have patterns and we have kits.
- Your group – if you are in Canberra or surrounds I am happy to chat with your group and do a talk – it is interesting and people love to hear about it
- Your contacts – if you know of a charity which might like to work with us – we would love that!
- A little money – you can donate here and we will use it to purchase fabric or postage our biggest expenses 🙂 donate here
Stay tuned for a fundraiser or two soon – I will be setting up a facebook page for you to buy lovely hand made gifts – more about that later.
We were delighted to send 60 kits off to Pakistan at the request of Lubna and she has given out half of these so far. The photos below tell the story of the first 30 and we wait for the second lot to be given out.
We have had issues with the postage system in Pakistan where we have been charged a lot of money to release the boxes – usually it is $10 which Lubna pays – but this time it was close to $100USD. This has caused us issues so we have decided to call their bluff for this time because we pay enough for the boxes to be delivered. We are hoping that they will be released – I will keep you informed.
We also sent over 22 dresses and 30 kits to Nepal through project Didi. It seems that a few kits were taken with a discussion happening about whether the rest will go later in the year for delivery or whether we will send them elsewhere (as they have small undies I am thinking Vietnam through the Quan Am Foundations. I hope to have photos soon.
I am delighted to let you know that in the next week or so I will have the box finalised for Tanzania – thank you to the kind donations of Queanbeyan Rotary, Gungahlin Lions Club and the ladies of Weston Creek Uniting church for helping with financial donations along with three lovely friends – these will help us get this box over by freight – and it will take about 10 days!! we have the clothes already to go – I just need to put it all together!!
Plus I am delighted to let you know that the women of Armani – the cooks, gardeners and matrons also will receive kits – as well as the girls!! the flip chart arrived today.
I am so happy to let you know that Lucette Dillon the Director of Quan Am an amazing childrens charity working in Vietnam is doing her DFG training and we will be sending over kits for her to distribute and she is keen to train her teachers and get the kits out in her region.
In our sewing day for Kenya we packed all the 110 kits for Kenya to go with the Global School Partners in July – Plus we packed all the kits for Tanzania too. What a day that was!! Thank you to Simon Carrol of Global School Partners for your amazing work in Kenya and visiting us at our sewing day and talking with our ladies. We welcomed wonderful new sewers to our group too and we are now sending out group emails to keep everyone informed!!
Finally thank everyone for the amazing dresses I received this month – they come every week and there are so many gorgeous ones. I have been crazily busy and have not taken enough photos – but will try to do that over the next week or so! I thank all my sewing ladies from near and far who sew these gorgeous dresses, shorts and kits. We are very blessed.
Thank you for everything you do.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
We are coming into November now – our last sewing day for the year
Thank you for all your support – it is amazing
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
I cannot believe it is a month since I updated but a lot has happened to be proud of!
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
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!
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)
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are up to 76 kits!!!! whoooo
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!
And Mums are learning too – more information than they ever had before
Enjoy the photos
Every Girl. Everywhere. Period!