Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sanitary Pads for Ethiopia

When I read on a blog about the need for sanitary pads in Ethiopia I was inspired and a passion grew. I knew about the need. We brought several boxes to Ethiopia when we went last year, but I never even thought about reusable sanitary pads for Ethiopia. Once the idea was planted my head began spinning with ideas and plans.
The first plan was to help this blogger (and beyond) with the goal they had.
I put the word out and a group of women was assembled to help me with this quick deadline.
Thanks to all the help we made way more than I anticipated.
We were very lucky to be able to work at Modern Domestic. I'm a little spoiled by that place. Thanks to the ladies at Modern Domestic who were very generous to donate the space for this project.
My future with this project...I'm going to take it slow and see where it leads me. My next goal is to gather as many as I can to send with a friend when she travels at the end of the year to pick up her daughter. If you are interested in helping me with this project leave me a comment and your email...I'll add you to the list for future sewing dates.

Thank you to all you women who came last night. Your support with this project means more to me than you know.

18 comments:

angie said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU autumn!! you rock!!

...and they are SO very cute, too!

BROWNTOWN said...

oops...dropped the ball on that one,but definitely want to contribute next time. keep me posted. great idea!

Elisha said...

Hey there...is this something I could help out with here in Anchorage? Do you have a pattern that I could use and then send them to you? Let me know!

naskren said...

if only I lived in Oregon... worthy cause. cutie fabrics, too!

Ted and Lori said...

You take pretty pictures.

Christi said...

I really want to help next time! I'm no sewer, but I sure can cut a straight line.

♪~Jenn~♪ said...

YES!!!! I was so sad when goods for girls folded because I am so passionate about cloth pads and wasn't sure how to connect with women in country. (we have yet to travel) I'm also super keen to do a cloth diaper project as well.

I'm in BC but would still love to get involved! my email melodiousmama at gmail dot com

brilliant!

~jenn

Tam and Kai - NYC said...

LOVE this!
Do you have a pattern? I sew/design and operate an online boutique featuring a charitable section. Let's chat.
We'll be traveling twice (hopefully first trip isn't that far away)
I would love to get some of these together & take with us.
tamara at newyorkdesigner dot com.

Duncan said...

One amazing woman you are as well as the support system you have. . . We will talk soon.

Love Dad

Anne said...

Very cool project, Autumn...you are so impressive:)

Emma said...

I checked the blog you linked and the woman sent me the pattern within a day - so anyone who would like to try, the pattern is easy to come by just click Autumn's link and then leave a comment for that blogger.

I am going to give this a try when school lets out for the summer. I hate to say this but I have a Bernina gathering dust in my closet (hem hem). I used to use it a lot but then life got crazy. Maybe this is a simple project I can use to keep in sewing shape.

Cloverland Farm said...

Gobez!!! Love it. I commented on the Red Tent link and hoping for a copy of the pattern so I can do my part. Awesome idea and inspiring, the job you and you cohort have done!

Alisha J said...

Love to help!

Alisha J said...

Oh yeah, we live in Salem and will hopefully be traveling in the next month or two. We could probably take a batch with us.

michele said...

what a great project!

becky said...

Just saw this post on your blog. I would love to help next time -please let me know at crabec0314@msn.com.
Thank you!
Becky

Melanie Smith said...

I live in Portland and love Modern Domestic and your blog! I'm traveling in Sept to Ethiopia to get my son and would be more than happy to help out and/or bring some of the pads on my trip. Contact me if you need the help! msmelaniemsmith at gmail dot com

Judith said...

The sanitary pads are great! Can you link me with the woman Emma spoke of who has the pattern? We work with 4,500 high school girls in rural Ethiopia and the need for sanitary napkins is great so that these girls do not miss school 4 or 5 days every month.

With the pattern we will hire Ethiopian tailors to make them and help the rural economy as well.