Think back to when you were a little girl and first got your period. You probably had a mother or a school nurse right there ready to help you out with choosing your feminine hygiene products like pads, liners and tampons. From that day on, you had access to these products either through your parents purchase or from you school. We take this for granted.
Imagine you live in a place where there are NO feminine hygiene products available.
There was a time in the lives of women when THAT time of the month kept us in our homes, and beds! One of the great inventions of the last 30 years was the thin and absorbent sanitary pad and the tampon in which you can climb mountains and then swim while wearing. Before that, pads were like huge diapers. Before that women used cloth strips tied to other strips around their waists! In the dark ages, (a hundred + years ago) women have used all sorts of methods that would seem unimaginable and awful for us ladies today.
Guess what, there are women and girls in the world today that still have to use unimaginable methods to absorb the menstrual flow. Women find ways, like they have for thousands of years to deal with discomfort and inconvenience, we are accustomed to it. But, think about the little girls around the world who have to stay home from school because they DO NOT have any way to absorb their menstrual flow. What if you were stuck at home in hiding every time you had a period, what would YOUR life be like? What would you do if you had no products handy? Would you drop out of school or work after missing up to 8 days every month? That is exactly what happens to girls all over the world.
This is a real problem that only is recently getting any (but still not enough) attention.
Please read the articles in the links below! They tell the stories of these girls and ways that you can REALLY serve. If you or ladies in the ward sew, (and I know you do) this is a real opportunity. Go to Days for Girls for info and sewing opportunities.