Pearce Crafter’s Market

We are running the Pearce Crafter’s Market and we are very excited to have our first market of the year.

There are 26 permanent stalls and lots of gorgeous things to choose from. Please come if you can – it helps us raise funds for getting our kits and clothing to the children and women who need it most.

Change of Name

Hello everyone
Just a quick note to let you know that Sew for a Girl Canberra will officially start to change its name to Sew for Change and come under Canberra Circle of Women soon and sit on this website which is being developed at the moment.

Sew for change will have its own page on the website and will do the things it has always done. However, it has got too big for me to handle , which is a great thing, and it needs teams now to start to build and move things along – this lone organiser is a bit inundated and we need to take some of the things off my shoulders.

We forsee that the migration will be over a few months and I will keep you informed. The facebook name changed today 🙂

I look forward to the future!!

making a difference

Regards

Carol

Quick Update March

Hello friends

It has been a crazy few months but I am thrilled to let you know how we are going and what we are achieving. Firstly we have recently sent kits to Sri Lanka and we are working with a local charity called Child Fund in Sri Lanka to do the work on the ground and gain an exemption for bringing the DFG kits into the country tax free. It has been an issue and it now seems that this will alleviate the tax impost.

On the Philippines front we have just had a packing day where we sent 325 kits to the Philippines in late February, plus bras, toiletries and children’s clothing. The demand for kits is massive and we are grateful that other teams from around Australia have been helping us keep up with the demand.

With Pakistan two huge shipments have left Australia, due to arrive in Pakistan by the end of April. last weekend we sent 250 kilos of kits which was a magnificent effort. Lubna and Sara are already distributing from the shipment they received last week.

Our sewing and packing days are back in full swing and we have more room for storage for which I will be immensely grateful. Storage was really difficult last year – event though I try to get things out as quickly as I can.

We have three interns – Santosh, Lovepreet and Deepak who are building the new Canberra Circle of Women website as part of their University Degree. This will eventually take over from this website and incorporate all of our work.

We aim to launch Canberra Circle of Women in the mid year – and hope to run an awesome event.

I am humbled and grateful for the nomination of Woman of the Year 2022 (Canberra) and as I write this, I am awaiting the results tomorrow night. This is always a team effort and I am so thankful to have an amazing team of so many people helping to make this all happen.

The Pearce Crafters market is going from strength to strength and our first market is in April on the 23 and 24th. It was funded by ACT Events and we are looking forward to building a strong profile through this new funding. It will be a wonderful year! We sell our wonderful tote bags at these markets and it helps pay our freight costs

Many people ask me what we need – so this is a list – it is in no means exhaustive but all is very helpful.

  • Cotton fabric, cotton lace, flannelette
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • New underwear for boys and girls – all sizes
  • School supplies – pencils, exercise books etc
  • bras – preloved, clean with lots of wear left
  • kids clothing – summer up to size 10 – clean and unstained – Philippines
  • Kids shoes – Philippines
  • Toiletries, soaps, panadol, bandaids and bandages, antiseptic, worming medicine – Philippines

Lastly – I want to say thank you for your support in so many ways – we all make this happen in the world and together we change lives of women and children, families and communities in the countries we serve.

With love – Carol

May Update

How is it that it seems I updated the website only a few weeks ago – and here we are 3 months later!! It is not as though we are not busy – we are busier than ever!!

Sara Asif presenting Days for Girls for the first time at St Peters High School in Taxila

Isalamabad – Pakistan

We are totally delighted to welcome Sara Asif as a Women’s Health Ambassador to continue the work in Pakistan with girls and women in Islamabad Pakistan. Sara is involved with ‘I Support the Girls’ charity and was already distributing bras, panties and disposable pads when I approached her to see if we could help! She also runs a Vocational Training Centre where the girls learn to sew.

Vocational Training Centre Taxila

The girls have been sewing panties and bras, and we have sent them a snap machine and our Poly Eurothane Laminate (water proof barrier) for making pads – they are very excited to be able to make pads which can be used, washed and don’t leak. We will look at establishing an Enterprise once things have settled as it is early days.

Excitement at receiving Days for Girls kits

It is easy to underestimate the effect that these small kits will have on each of these girls, they bring dignity and health, with a washable option every month. They bring education as the girls no longer need to miss days of school. They bring careers as educated girls go on to bring income and opportunities for the family. And with education and a career the women have more opportunities, less pressure to marry young and have many children. They change their own lives, their families lives and the community!!

Currently there are around 1600 DFG kits on their way to Pakistan in two shipments – there is exciting anticipation for the kits to arrive, plus clothing, warm items, school items, bras and toiletries.

Manila – Philippines

Our amazing team in the Philippines

We are so very blessed to have made the contact with Micaela and Leisl who have connections to the Philippines and a real passion for assisting the families living in the slums built on the dump sites. These families are so very poor, with little and the need is so great. So Jorlyn has completed her training as an Ambassador of Womens Health and this amazing team goes out and distributes Days for Girls Kits to the dump sites and also deliver bras, toiletries, kids clothes, school supplies, shoes, toys and first aid supplies.

We are thrilled to say that now 6 dumpsites have had Days for Girls Training and the passion is very strong to continue

Over the past weeks many children have been given new clothes, dresses and shorts, underwear and for the young girls and women – bras. It is so important for the health of women in countries to have dignity and health with appropriate menstrual products and underwear – and we are delighted to assist.

The very first Days for Girls distribution in the Philippines

I am also very happy to let you know that across Australia DFG teams have donated kits to the Philippines to assist with the great need. It is through their constant assistance and help that we have been able to deliver the astounding numbers of kits into the Philippines that we have been able too.

These are the boxes we send over to the Philippines and they are around 20 to 30 kilos each – the team is on their way to run another distribution of DFG kits and children’s clothing.

Here are a few photos of the kids receiving their new clothes – they are extremely patient as they wait in line for their clothes and delighted when it is finally their turn …. as you can see…..

Waiting for our turn
This fits 🙂
Happy smiles say it all
New t shirt and shorts

We have so much to do in the Philippines and we will continue to support the team and the work these amazing people are doing …. we appreciate them so much

thank you !!

Punjab – Pakistan

In Punjab Pakistan Lubna Ghani has been able to do several distributions over the past month through the regions around Toba Tek Singh. there are been several distributions which have been really successful and it seems Rotary is interested now in becoming involved.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 8th March 2021

It has taken time for the people of the area to get involved with the Days For Girls ethos – but Lubna has done an amazing job and valiantly continues the work even though sometimes it is very difficult.

She now has a kit to offer her health and dignity

Unfortunately COVID has torn through Pakistan and Lubna and her family tested positive in mid April. It is great to hear however that they all recovered and while they are recuperating and minding their health, hundreds of kits are on their way to them from DFG Teams from around Australia. The support has been incredible and it is a testament to the belief that the DFG kits change lives!

Easter Distribution

At Easter Lubna did a distribution of kids clothes, toiletries and toothbrushes – proudly held aloft in this photo – the children haven’t learnt to brush their teeth so Lubna teaches this skill and washing hands which save lives in these communities.

Lubna after a successful distribution – in the past it was often hard to get the older women aboard – now they are happy to have kits of their own !!

Colombo – Sri Lanka

We are delighted to say that our first shipment to Sri Lanka is on its way – 275 DFG Kits from Lismore DFG Team. We have Kusum Amaratunge trained as an Ambassador of Womens Health and involved in Lions Club in Sri Lanka. While we are not quite there as yet I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Chandanie Kottege for the introduction and we are excited that DFG kits into Sri Lanka will be happening in about 7 weeks.

Fundraising

If you have got this far – thanks for keeping with this – there was so much to catch up on. We held our 3rd Market – the Autumn Leaves Market on the 1st and 2nd of May to raise funds for Sew for a Girl Canberra (incorporating Days for Girls – Tuggeranong ACT). We are delighted to say we raised $2100 in sales of our Market Tote Bags and other items on the stall.

Our beautiful Market Tote Bags which we sell to raise funds for our work

I thank all the volunteers to assisted so ably on the day, the market stall holders who were a joy to work with and the Pearce Community Centre for a great venue. In addition the customers were so supportive and generous it made the whole market hum and was wonderful to be a part of.

I am in planning mode for the Christmas in July Market on the 10th and 11th July which should be such fun!!

Thank you one and all for your amazing support – I simply am blown away how we can achieve so much and help so many by simply working together and holding onto the passion!!

Lots of love

Carol

February Update

There is so much happening at the present so I thought I would just do a quick update tonight to keep everyone up to speed.


As far as Pakistan is concerned there are two main things happening – the shipment of 157 kilos left my place tonight! – thanks to Pakistan Express Freight – !!!! for both Sara in Islamabad and Lubna in Punjab – kits, clothes, school supplies, toiletries and bras and all the knitted and crochet blankets, beanies, and baby wear – the cost was $800 but well worth getting on its way

Punjab Pakistan


With Sara in Islamabad we are doing a two pronged approach – the ladies (and older girls) that sew in her vocational centre will be making pads of the most useful design and we are going to pay for flannelette and a PUL like barrier – the pads will be all in one and have layers of flannelette which may be awkward to dry but we will see how it all works out. I was given a snap press a year ago – so it is now on its way to Pakistan – I have ordered snaps and the dies for the machine and she is very happy to be able to offer the ladies a good solution.

When you have a new bra to gain dignity at work and school


Sara will be distributing our kits in marginalised schools and communities along with bras – so I said we would send bras as we get them. The need is very great and Sara is involved in I Support the Girls – a charity which supplies girls with underwear, bras and pads – however the pads are disposable and Sara is excited to look at another workable solution – As Sara said last night ‘I am the girl who is known for underwears and pads, now I can be known as the girl who can give washable pads too.’

This simple kit (Days for Girls Kit) will change her life

My hope is that we will be able to support her to build an enterprise….. and the women will have an income – anyway – small steps as we worked around language last night  and working out what eachother meant – bamboo, panda – for bamboo fabric – was very funny and Sara told me there was a dibbler on every street ….. which seems to mean a sort of Mr Minute – who can put snaps on garments for a fee …. it is always fascinating

Describing the Days for Girls kit


The other amazing thing is how the DFG leaders in Australia have supported our Teams work – they have been sending their kits to me to distribute and they are very excited – so many want to help – I guess we are seen to actually be getting out there – and teams want their kits to go to the girls. I now have another 300 for Lubna to send in the next shipment being delivered from Emu Plains straight to the warehouse in Marsden Park. Lubna is now going to operate in more cities – how good is that????

As I write this I know that Sri Lanka is sitting waiting for kits and that we will be looking at supplying them through donations from the Sri Lankan Community to get them there – I love that the Ambassador and his wife are keen to become involved – who knows where this might lead.

No need to go to the town every time you have a period


Lastly thank you for all your amazing support for our work – I am blown away with how people help and support it all – I am totally excited to let you know that our four markets this year will raise money for Days for girls and our work. Through the sales of our market totes which has been incredible. I have asked for permission to extend the market through the corridor a bit more sooooo – it is going to be awesome – and it will also help us raise funds – because – the shipments, fabric and costs have been high lately – but it is great stuff!! And I am so proud we raised the money last year at the markets and through some kind donations – I am happy to spend it to get the kits across the world.

We have lots to do this year – and lots of girls to offer dignity and education through our work.

There is so much to do, and together we can!

She has got this. We have got her!

Every girl. Everywhere. Period.