The Yonkofa Project
The Yonkofa Project is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing sustainable healthcare in third world countries. They establish medical clinics in rural Ghana that provide care previously unavailable in those areas. They also have a program called "Keep Girls in School Campaign". The Yonkofa Project has teamed up with Crafting Change to provide school kits for students attending the schools around their clinics. Each kit includes a notebook, two pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, two pens, a planner, and a ruler. All items are distributed in a hand-sewn bag. They realized that these school kits would much better serve middle school girls if they included reusable menstrual pads. They would like to add them to all girls’ school kits, and to have additional menstrual kits of 3-6 reusable pads available for girls who attend their clinics and have not received a school kit through their school.
what are we crafting?
Quantity Still Needed
Menstrual Pad Size 8.5 Medium (1 Zorb)
Menstrual Pad Size 8.5 Heavy (2 Zorb)
Menstrual Pad Size 9.0 Medium (1 Zorb)
Menstrual Pad Size 9.0 Heavy (2 Zorb)
Menstrual Pad Size 10.25 Medium (1 Zorb)
Menstrual Pad Size 10.25 Heavy (2 Zorb)
1) Hand Sewn Back Packs in 2 styles.
First: Up-cycled T-shirts transformed into draw-string back-packs. These will be used for the elementary aged students. Ensure your t-shirts are clean and free of stains. Ensure there are no inappropriate logos featured (drugs/alcohol/weapons).
Second: A simple sewn one using fabric and cording that will be used for the middle school and older students. This is a great project for your heavier cotton fabrics that are too heavy for mask making! Have a question about making the backpacks? Ask our Advisory Board Member Sewing Member Kathy Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don't use camouflage fabric as this only used by military in Ghana. Also, the color combinations of red/black or white/black is reserved for funerals so if you have a batik fabric that is red/black or white/black only please don't use.
Let's not use Christian holiday fabric, or other Holiday themed fabric. (like Easter bunnies, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Santa, etc.) These bags are to be used year round.
They LOVE LOVE LOVE soccer and any team from around the world would be welcomed, so if you find soccer themed fabric or fabric with any team from around the world they would adore that! I found some fabric with Manchester United that I expect will be a big hit.
Use fabric that looks like you got it in America, we are not trying to use fabric that looks like we got it in Africa. They are very excited to get something made for them in the USA. (Don't make it out of American flags, but fabric that is from our culture is amazing!) We aren't trying to send them something that looks like it was made in their village. They want something that looks like it was made over here for them. They love our fabrics. So find fun "Americanized Fabrics" for junior high aged girls. The novelty fabrics at our fabric stores are full of great ideas. Have fun, be creative!
2) Hand Made Reusable Menstrual Pads. Without these essential items, girls miss school. We have patterns and tutorials available and have partnered with our friends at Adam & Carolyn Create on Etsy to provide discounted 3D Templates to our craftivists. Come to the FaceBook Group to see how to get these at a discount.
We are putting kits together that include 2 medium and 2 heavy pad per kit. We do not need panty liners or light day pads. Girls are able to wear heavy and medium pads any day of their periods, but can only wear light day pads the first days. Making all pads the most helpful makes our kits more useful. Ensure your topper fabric is dark, colorful, patterned or busy to help camouflage stains. White/light/pastels are not good choices for toppers. We need a variety of lengths. so feel free to use any template size from the 8.5 inch length to the largest 11.25" length or any size in between. Our focus is on the junior high aged girl so we prefer to receive more of the 8-9" length. Please label the pads by their absorbency and length prior to shipping. to help us at HQ put them in to the right aged group kit and get each girl 2 of each absorbency.
Requirements for snaps: We now require that each pad regardless of length or absorbency has 2 snaps. This ensures that if/when one snap breaks there is still one functioning snap on it for the user. We surveyed every pad we received with snaps and about 3% had snaps that did not work upon receipt at HQ If they had 2 snaps they would have at least had a backup one to still have been useful. They are all being repaired. If you apply your own snaps test the snap at least 3 or 4 times to ensure it functions.
If you don't have a kam-snap machine, don't worry! Or if you have problems putting the snaps on...No problem! Ship them to Crafting Change HQ WITHOUT the snaps and we will apply them for you!
3) Wet Bags- These essential items have two main functions. To hold the soiled pads and serve as a vessel to clean the pads. These must be waterproof. We have one approved pattern for these bags. It is a tried and true method for making a waterproof bag. If you have questions about constructing this pattern, please contact Martha. When making a wet bag you place your PUL (polyurethane laminate) with the shiny side of the fabric to the inside of the bag. The shiny part of the fabric is the waterproof part and it goes on the inside, even if it is the "pretty" or printed part. All PUL is different and some companies print on the shiny part. It doesn't matter. Shiny goes on the inside. If you have questions about your PUL fabric, please ask us we are here to help. Come to a Zoom room, or email Martha email@example.com
menstrual pads and wet bags
Volunteers ship their donations for The Yonkofa Projects to Crafting Change HQ where we assemble them into kits prior to shipping to them to load into cargo containers for the long journey to Ghana. When they arrive here we put them together with donated underwear into a large ziploc bag with instructions on how to use the pads.
We ask you to sew all month long and hold your parcels when complete and simply ship once per month during the first week of the month. We only gather to assemble the kits one time per month, it is a big job and this way we we receive all the supplies at the same time to prepare for Kit Making Day!
SHIP DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH ONLY (1st-7th)
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