Sanitary kits aid girls in Cambodia

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Days for Girls Bridgetown WA chapter co-leaders Brooke Murphy and Brenda Dawes with an example of what is provided in a full kit.
Camera IconDays for Girls Bridgetown WA chapter co-leaders Brooke Murphy and Brenda Dawes with an example of what is provided in a full kit. Credit: Holly Thompson

A group of South West women have returned from Cambodia after setting up a new Days for Girls enterprise which helped provide 13 women with jobs.

Days for Girls Bridgetown WA Chapter has contributors and donors from as far north as Bunbury and Perth, who source materials and sew Days for Girls kits which include everything a girl might need to manage her period.

The four core members, Brenda Dawes, Brooke Murphy, Wendy Trow, and Jenny Tolhust, have recently returned from Cambodia, where they set up a Days for Girls enterprise under Children’s Action for Development. Co-leader Brenda Dawes said they had trained six women in sewing the kits and a further seven women in educating girls when it came to their periods.

“The six women we trained in sewing the kits picked it up really quickly and we then set them the task of sewing 30 kits before we left the country,” she said.

“We brought a lot of material with us on the plane and then sourced some things locally as well and are working out how to continue to supply them with the things they will need.”

Mrs Dawes said they were hoping to get travellers interested in transporting materials to the Cambodia enterprise.

“I would also really like to get airlines to allow people to transport materials for Days for Girls without getting them to pay excess,” she said.

Co-leader Brooke Murphy said the seven women they had trained in educating girls would be travelling to two schools a month and would offer 20 kits for free at each, to the students who needed them.

“We went with them to their first school and they did an amazing job, we had 53 students from the ages of 11 to 15 there to listen and it was lovely to see,” she said.

The kits will be sold for $15 each and in the future Mrs Murphy said Days for Girls would like to set up in other countries as well.

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