As they have for the past two years, our Londonderry residents turned out again in June to help with the Days for Girls Project. Alden Caldwell-Gaines and Molly Lange of the Wise Heart Community in Baltimore enlisted our talented sewers to assist in making sustainable hygiene kits for young women who live in an impoverished state in India. Alden and Molly explained that the kits consist of carrying bags of colorful fabric which contain washable and reusable personal supplies that enable girls and young women to attend school or work every day without interruption. Cutting, trimming, sewing, serging and constructing components for the kits while enjoying good company and conversation made for a pleasant afternoon. Contributions also came in the form of cash and fabrics.
Alden will deliver the kits to the Ashram in India in September. This project is part of an international effort to help girls in developing nations become independent, participating members of their societies. As the daysforgirls.org website notes, “ When girls and women have health, education and opportunity, communities and our world are stronger.” Six hundred forty thousand girls and women in one hundred countries have been reached through this effort. Their goal is to reach one million young women by the end of 2017.
Thanks to Natalie Caccia, Sheila Wheeler, Betts Wieland, Virginia Funk, JoAnn Campbell, Margie Blood, Clare Kettell, Camille Kneale, Peggy Sloan, Thelma Haney, Betty Henry, Nancy Hunter, Nancy Eash, Anne Zvirman, and Barbara Reisert. Your contributions are deeply appreciated. Since everyone enjoys this activity so much, you can be assured we will be doing it again.
By: Lari Caldwell