The Nyadire Connection maintains many ongoing programs:
Girl Empowerment Program
Read the PPG article about the GEP sewing party
Imagine not being able to go to school or work during your monthly cycle because you have no sanitary protection. When volunteers from The Nyadire Connection learned of this problem in 2011, we did something about it. We downloaded patterns for sewing reusable cotton sanitary napkins. We consulted with Zimbabwean women to find partners and learn their preference for a pattern. We converted electric sewing machines to manual ones, and sought fabric, monetary donations, and volunteers.
The result: The Girl Empowerment Program (GEP)
Even before its founding, volunteers began to host “sewing parties” to cut cotton fabric and assemble materials into kits that allow recipients to sew their own reusable pads. Each kit contains:
Larger pads can also be made for post-partum use by women in local “waiting mother” clinics.
As with all TNC projects, the input and ownership of Zimbabwean partners are essential. Local participants help refine pad designs, and run project implementation activities that include training in pad production, health education, and distribution of kits to women and girls in Nyadire and the surrounding area. The ultimate aim is to source all labor and materials from Zimbabwe.
American project pioneers continue to work with their Zimbabwean counterparts to ensure cultural sensitivity and a reliable supply chain. If you would like to support the project, you can: