CHALLENGES AND HARDSHIPS ARE IMMENSE…
Simple things like dealing with a woman’s regular menstrual cycle can keep someone from going to work or school because she lacks what she needs.
Roughly 20% of women in one South Asia country use disposable pads for their period. The rest use rags, ash, coconut husk, or just sit for a week. Women and girls may deal with infection, lose of productivity, and shame. Some drop out of school which only increases the cycle of poverty. Some miss work and cannot feed their families that week. You can make a diﬀerence in the life of a woman or girl by getting involved with the Women Helping Women Pad Project. You will join hands and hearts with Christ followers who serve in South Asia. Michele has been working in that region for several years. This native Texan uses the project as a way to establish relationships, meet real needs, and share the love of Christ. She works with other colleagues in the region who also use the project to reach women. Each pad becomes a demonstration of Christ’s love. Will you help?
The goal is to send 300 drawstring bags with 10 pads and two pad holders per bag.
Ways to Get Involved
SEW! Sewing machines, sergers, fabric, thread, batting, snaps, and cord are the things needed to make pads, pad holders, and bags to hold pads and pad holders.
Search the Internet for “patterns for reusable menstrual pads”. You can adapt a pattern to make the pad holders.
Flannel is great for the outside covers of the pads because it is soft and absorbent. PUL material can be used to line the pad holders because it prevents leakage. It can be expensive so shop around. Some are using other options like thin, plastic tablecloths. Snaps or velcro on the “wings” of the pad holder enables a woman to secure the pad on her under garment. When you are ready to ship the pads, pad holders, and drawn-string bags, stack them tightly in a trash bag and tape the shipping box really well. You might also include in the box a short note and picture of the women who made these pads.
WMU of Texas will ship boxes to South Asia. Your group may prefer to send money to assist with the cost of shipping. If you do so, please make a check payable to WMU of Texas and send it to the address below.
Prayer is the greatest way to get involved. Pray that God will use these simple pads to open the door for the gospel of Jesus Christ to be shared with women in South Asia.
Promote the Project
Please download the flyer below to promote the Women Helping Women Project.