What is it all about?
“STITCHES FOR DIGNITY” was established by Kerang Baptist Church Craft Group in 2016.
Our team have been moved by the need of young girls and women in developing countries to have access to washable sanitary items.
We initially partnered with Kerang Technical High School using their facilities to create our first 130 bags. The “STITCHES FOR DIGNITY” team are thankful to the school for providing this opportunity. Some of the initial tote bags filled with soap, wash cloths, knickers and washable sanitary products. Some tote bags were sent to Cambodia with the Alternate Year 12 Schoolies Trip, involving students from a number of schools, both locally and interstate. Others were sent to Benin and distributed through the Peace Corps.
During 2017, we moved into facilities at the Kerang Christian College. We continue to be excited to create tote bags of colour which provide dignity. They are a gift of love from the hands of our women, to women around the world – who without them remain shamed, vulnerable and isolated due to the unavailability of sanitary products. Freedom is also provided by these tote bags, as the recipient is free to go to school, work and conduct her day-to-day life, regardless of her body cycle.
Who can be involved?
Our “STITCHES FOR DIGNITY” team is made up of people who trace, cut or sew material; those who thread ribbon or iron material; to stencil makers and those who give donations of bright colourful textiles – pure cotton and flannelette (but please nothing with war themes, people or animals), little cakes of soap, washers and knickers (sizes in girls sizes 10 to 14 and women’s sizes 8 to 14) or even funds to buy product, to others who fold and collate items. Donations can be left with Helen at Nick’s Splendid Shoes, Victoria Street, Kerang.
To become involved with Stitches for Dignity, the sustainable answer for sanitary products to the developing world, please contact either: Linda Harrison or Sue Keath via the Contacts page.