If you had an opportunity to give the gift of dignity to a young woman in Africa this Christmas... would you do it?

One of my most cherished childhood memories was opening up my stocking on Christmas morning.   My mum LOVED to fill stockings and she would work on them all year (seriously) finding all sort neat treats for us.

I do the same with my kids.  Besides chocolate and an orange at the toe, (the orange somehow in my mind counterbalances eating chocolate at 7AM), my kids always know that there will be underwear in their stockings.  They are all young adults now, but they still know that "mama has them covered" when it comes to underwear.  I just can't help myself... I guess old habits die hard.

This year I am going to expand my "mama's reach" a bit... I am going to buy underwear and reusable menstrual pads for young women in Africa.  Last week we read how menstrual kits can radically change life for vulnerable girls.  We learned that:

  • UN statistics show that with adequate menstrual protection, attendance at school for girls increases by 75%.
  • Girls marry later and subsequently delay having children. 
  • With an education, girls have more career options and they will make on average an income that is 25% higher.
  • With sustainable work girls experience independence and healthier relationships. 

All this because of menstrual pads! 

This inspired us to launch the ZOE Projects "Give the Gift of Dignity Christmas Challenge."

We are pleased to be partnering with Transformation Textiles on this challenge.  Transformation Textiles manufactures and distributes underwear and reusable menstrual pads for young women in Africa... and we would like to help.

But how can you help?

We thought you’d never ask.

  • Purchase a Dignity Kit (or two or ten or a hundred...we can dream big right?)!  
    • A Dignity Kit through Transformation Textiles includes 2 pairs of underwear, 2 waterproof shields, 6 reusable pads, a bucket, soap, drawstring bag and a booklet for the girls about the use and care of the kit... all for $10!
    • Help us share this challenge!  Tell your friends about this neat opportunity...Post this on a friend’s Facebook wall or direct people to the blog.  You could even tweet about it – #forherdignity #zoechristmaschallenge. 

You know as we have been putting this project together we have come to realize that we aren't really buying pads... we are buying dignity and opportunity and potential.

And we can't think of a better gift to give this Christmas!