Every Daughter. Everywhere. Period.
- Background (Rabbi Young)
- Unfortunately, the potential of many of our adolescent Daughters in rural areas of Southern Africa is being limited by menstruation.
- This is having a direct impact on their education, livelihood, and dignity. But it doesn’t have to be like this…
- A new kingdom-wide initiative, “Every Daughter. Everywhere. Period” (EDEP) — sponsored jointly by the Department of Home and International Missions, and the Grand Auxiliary of the Daughters of Jerusalem and Sisters of Mercy — was launched at the 2017 USA Assembly; (and subsequently at the 120th Daughters Day in Pretoria, South Africa).
- Purpose: Raise awareness and and get involved to provide a simple and sustainable solution to improve the health and education of young Daughters in rural tabernacles in Africa, beginning in Malawi (using the Days for Girls model)
About the Initiative
- We provide hygiene kits to adolescent Daughters in rural tabernacles in Africa.
- The DHIM coordinated and launched this initiative—in partnership with the Grand Auxiliary of the DOJASOM during Phase I– as an on-going project in local tabernacles so that “every daughter, everywhere (period!) …” will have the freedom and opportunity to continue their education.
- At our workshop at the 2017 assembly in the USA, 71 Daughters signed up to volunteer on teams, and learned how to sew and assemble hygiene kits for distribution. No experience is necessary!
A complete hygiene kit includes…
- Washable Liners (6)
- Sleeve (holds the liner; 2)
- Small bar of soap
- Zip lock bags (gallon sized; 2)
Phase I – Malawi (February 2018)
- The DHIM coordinated distribution of the kits in Malawi, working closely with the EDEP kingdom-wide teams, Drexel University and World Vision)
Phase II – Mozambique Needs Assessment & Zimbabwe Distribution (Nov 2018)
- The DHIM and MS of Africa coordinated collection of kits from our African Districts
Phase III – Will be in eSwatini and South Africa and will be lead by Saints in SA
Donation of hygiene kits and supplies were received, as well as financial contributions:
- Southern Pines
- Gauteng District (SA)
- Funding for the project was acquired through grants from World Vision, Drexel University, and private individual/family/ tabernacle donations (no funds were contributed directly from the DHIM).
- The Every Daughter Everywhere Period initiative has been very successful.
- During Phase II kits were distributed in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, November 26th -30th 2018
- Daughters from 13 rural tabernacles received kits in Zimbabwe during Phase II
- A needs assessment was also conducted for the 15 Mutarara tabernacles in Mozambique (60% of membership are women within the target age range)
- The DHIM is currently securing donations and grants to assist the MS of Africa with implementing Phase III-eSwatini & SA in 2019
Gauteng Sub-District Donations
Saints are still making donations!!
We thank God for all of the support and the success of this important initiative!
We are building capacity so that this initiative can be fully coordinated and implemented as an ongoing program by the Saints in Africa.