In PNG, many schoolgirls from disadvantaged families often miss a week of schooling each month when they have their “sik mun” as they are unable to afford feminine hygiene wear.
In addition, the subject of menstruation is regarded as a taboo topic of conversation, impacting on the girls’ ability to have open conversation and exchange of information.
Many girls and women are shunned during their menstruation and banished to separate rooms or garden sheds to wait out the time alone.
This attitude impacts severely on their ability to have continuity of education and to participate fully in school programs.
Days for Girls International has reached over 800,000 women and girls abroad, and in PNG aspires to reach out to women and girls, both in cities and rural areas.
Days for girls, Lae, was started by Wendy Christie in 2016.
Wendy was inspired by the vision of days for girls international, and worked on providing schoolgirls who have reached puberty, in Lae with the necessary sanitary products to enable them to attend school in an uninterrupted manner.
The days for girls kit is a high quality product, made by hand by volunteers to high standards. If taken care of and used correctly, it should last for three years.
The kits consist of a beautiful drawstring bag which contains two shields, eight absorbent flannel liners, two panties, one small cake of soap, two plastic zip-lock bags, and one facecloth.
All the items in the kit are hand washable.
A menses cycle sheet and an information pamphlet are also included in the kit.
When the kits are distributed, a health talk is given which covers female health, reproduction, and the care of the kits.
Days for girls Lae thanks the following sponsors and partners; Wendy and Kevin Christie for their input and work in making the projectviable.
“Their continued interest and support from New Zealand is greatly appreciated,” said days for girls Lae.
The organisation also thanked Brian Bell Home Store, Lae,Niugini Organics and Chemcare, Express Freight Management, Lae, the Redlands Chapter, Brisbane, the Gold Coast days for girls group, as well as New Zealand High Commission Lae, and Theodist Ltd, Lae.
“If it were not for their generosity and interest, the days for girls kit sewing, compilation and distribution would not come to fruition,” the group said.