TasTAFE fashion students are once again helping women and girls in third world countries as part of a real-life learning project.
Students in the Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology class at TasTAFE’s Campbell Street Campus are assisting the Days For Girls charity, sewing re-useable sanitary supplies which the charity distributes in a range of countries including Uganda, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal and Zimbabwe.
Days For Girls provides washable feminine hygiene kits to girls and women that would otherwise go without, enabling them to not miss valuable days from their education or employment.
It’s the second year that TasTAFE fashion students have supported this valuable project after Fashion teacher Willy Priestley learnt about the charity after seeing a stall at the Deloraine craft fair. She was motivated to help after learning that girls in third world countries were missing school every month when they had their period because they didn’t have adequate sanitary supplies.
As well as being a worthy cause, Ms Priestley recognised that the project was a chance for her students to gain new sewing skills and focus on attention to detail and quality control.
In 2016 Ms Priestley’s class sewed 320 liners, 80 shields and 40 bags to make up the kits to be sent overseas. This year’s class has contributed several hundred pairs of underwear and sewn 440 liners, 90 bags and 135 shields.
These products will be taken to Kiribati, an island South-West of Hawaii, where the Minister of Education has requested them for all schoolgirls of appropriate age.
Days for Girls is always looking for volunteers to sew products. For more information visit: http://www.daysforgirls.org/ or the Days for Girls Australia facebook page.
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