Our speaker today, Carol Hendricks, with Jennifer Barthels, introduced our club to the Days For Girls International non-profit organization. They have a compelling story with a slideshow that explained how Carol met Nicki, a girl in Swazi, inciting her to become involved with the organization. She started the Snoqualmie Chapter of DFGI and in 4 years, completed 33 distribution of over 2000 kits to schools and communities throughout Swaziland.
The organization was started in 2008 by Celeste Mergens of Bellingham, WA (??) due to awareness that occurred while working in the slums of Kenya.
Their mission statement is: “Days for Girls is creating a world with dignity, health, and opportunity for all, through sustainable menstrual care solutions and health education.
Our movement has reached more than one million women and girls — and counting! With your help, we can reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.”
“Today, Days for Girls has reached over 1 million women and girls in 100+ countries with Kits, each of which will last a girl or woman 2 – 3 years. This translates into over 115 million days of education and opportunity that would otherwise be lost without sustainable hygiene solutions.”
This was a very interesting and compelling presentation. This is a world wide issue that begs for a lot of hands on local effort, particularly in the poorer countries in the world.
Here is their Facebook page.
It seems to me that this Rotary is a perfect fit for this organization. It is similar to the polio and malaria projects insofar as it has a global reach with the need for hands-on effort that extends to every niche in the world, particularly the most depressed regions. Rotary has local clubs that serve as the local presence while the more prosperous clubs can provide funding and training.
The Rotary Club of Sammamish and the Snoqualmie chapter of DFGI are not the vehicles to get an initiative of this magnitude in place, but maybe we could “light a fire”. A couple of thoughts would be to get an international grant started. Another would be to have Cleste Mergens give a talk at the upcoming 5030 conference. I suggest we have Carol and Jennifer come to an upcoming International meeting to brainstorm.
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Thanks to the efforts of Clint Scott, our Foundation Chairman, our club raised $4,000 for Hurricane Irma. He accomplished this by seeding the pot plus offering to match other club member donations. The money is earmarked for aiding Hurricane victims though the Rotary Foundation.
What a guy! What a club!