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A new charity project: sewing cloth pads so girls can go to school

A new charity project: sewing cloth pads so girls can go to school

Ommel ry and World Vision will join forces this year on a new charity project. Ommel ry will organise sewing workshops where you can sew cloth pad packages to the young women of Rwanda. Come and sew with us, we provide the materials!

Craft enthusiasts, whether the craft is sewing, crocheting or knitting, have organised several charity projects with other like-minded people to help those in need. When Jenni Salminen, the chairperson of Ommel ry, read the book Naiset joita ajattelen öisin (means women I think about at night) by Mia Kankimäki, she got the idea to help the women of Africa. The same thought had come to the minds of other board members of Ommel ry.

“For a woman in Africa, having a period often means that they can’t go to school or work because they don’t have period protection or toilets. Supporting girls and women is something close to my heart and sewing cloth pads is a tangible way to help them,” says Unna Ahonen, the vice chairperson of Ommel ry about the project.

Shame and hygiene problems caused by periods, as well as lack of knowledge about them, is an issue for millions of women around the world

Shame and hygiene problems caused by periods, as well as lack of knowledge about them, is an issue for millions of women around the world. Girls staying at home every month creates significant problems; staying at home causes girls to get behind in their studies or even to quit school. Young, uneducated women who stay at home often end up in dangerous jobs and get married very young.

“Small things, like offering period protection and information can have a large impact on a woman’s future,” Ahonen continues.

The goal is to make two thousand aid packages

World Vision, Ommel ry’s partner in this project, is a long-time expert organisation in development coordination. This new partnership with Ommel ry is welcomed in their new aid community in Rwanda.

“We have recently started a new program for regional development in Rwanda that gives World Vision contacts to the youth in the area. We don’t just send products to the communities; we distribute the aid directly to the girls through our operations,” says Mireille Bathgate, the head of cooperation with companies of World Vision.

The goal of Ommel ry to make about two thousand period packages together with volunteers. Each package contains cloth pads, a pair of underwear, a little bag for a used pad and laundry instructions.

The sewing project will start at Finnish Craft & Design Fair in Tampere 15.-17.11.2019. You are welcome to come and help with the project at the Ommel ry stand E921 in hall E! We will provide the sewing machines and supplies, all we need are the people to do the sewing.

The project will continue after the fair at Ommel sewing retreats around Finland. 

 

Photo: Pasi Liesimaa / World Vision