This was a great day.
Last week, a group requested 60 DFG kits to go to Niger. The catch? They need them by THIS week! On super short notice, I informed our volunteers, but many had previous engagements. I ended up with myself and two other adults cutting and sewing liners and drawstring bags.
Jody did a great job seaming up the sides of the bags I had prepared at home, and then we had a few kids and their mom who dropped in for a bit threading the drawstrings into the bags. Jody had the idea at our last meeting to use a crochet hook to pull the strings through, but alas, we forgot them. But the kids came up with their own system! They taped two coffee stirring straws together and pushed the strings through. I love inventive kids!
The three of us (and various children) worked from about 1pm until 3pm when one of our adults had to leave. Myself and Tegan decided to keep pushing.... and we worked until 6pm! My sister even showed up the last hour with dinner, drinks, and to lend a hand helping the kids finish threading the bags.
At the end of the day, we had ready for distribution 40 bags and 160 liners. Combined with the kits we had pre-assembled at our last meeting, we now have 26 kits that are 100% ready to ship, two that just need the liners serged on the outside, and 12 more awaiting inserts. I plan to cut those out today and start serging to have them ready to ship to Virginia on Wednesday!
Thanks to EVERYONE who made this endeavor a reality for me, and most importantly, for the girls who will receive the kits.
Because EVERY girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity.