Hygiene kits sent to women

LISA KNIGHT
Last updated 12:00 04/06/2014

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Manawatu residents will this weekend be inspired to offer a helping hand to women in impoverished countries who are ostracised from work and school during menstruation.

Celeste Mergens, the founder and director of Days for Girls, a non-profit organisation that provides sustainable feminine hygiene products to less fortunate women overseas, will visit Palmerston North on Saturday to discuss the issue in information and training sessions.

Days for Girls New Zealand trustee Helen Griffin and daughter Kate Boyle set up the New Zealand branch three years ago.

Griffin said many women were missing out on school and work each month, which often meant no wages and no food on the table.

The kits, which include washable cotton liners, have everything they need in a drawstring bag to allow them to work, Griffin said.

The New Zealand group has sent kits to countries such as Samoa, Uganda, Zambia, India, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Thailand.

There had also been a call for kits in New Zealand, with some being distributed to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland for postpartum care.

"These women had tears in their eyes, they were so grateful because they just have nothing."

Mergens will speak at the Palmerston North City Library on Saturday at 10am, and an ambassador for women's health training event will be offered on Friday and Saturday at the Community Birth Services rooms.

To attend the training or to assist Days for Girls email Helen Griffin on daysforgirlsnz@gmail.com or visit daysforgirls.org.

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- Manawatu Standard

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