Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Dignity Project

For the last few months I (Jade) have been quietly working ‘behind the scenes’ on a project very close to my heart. I am SO excited to share about it today with you all! After some research, I’ve discovered that many women struggle through embarrassing challenges during their monthly menstruation. Here in Uganda disposable sanitary pads are simply not affordable for a lot of women. The alternative is not good: old pieces of clothing. This causes many young girls not to attend school and women in nearby villages are forced to go into the bush during their menstruation. Can you imagine? These women have been stripped of their dignity during their monthly menstruation. They shoulder fear, worry, shame and some even outcast. 

My sisters, God has brought about an awesome solution for these women. Reusable sanitary pads! They are sewn by you all, brought to us by visitors (or shipped) and donated to these precious women. I introduce to you: The Dignity Project. As we pass them out in schools, churches and orphanages we will discuss proper hygiene, share about our awesome Savior- The Supreme Dignity Restorer- and in some cases teach how to make the reusable pads. I am so excited! And guess what?! Several ladies in the States (as young as 9) are already making them and hosting sewing parties! 150 women have already requested the patterns. Perhaps you could join the fun by gathering women in your homes to help in the work.  Get your children, sewing savvy grandma or shut-ins involved!  Have a pot-luck at church, followed by a sewing- party.  Bless my heart, I love a good pot- luck!  Could you use this opportunity as an outreach in your community?  Perhaps as you serve at your local women’s shelter, you could introduce this idea and sew together. Get creative!  If you want to join The Dignity Project just comment below with your email address.

Look at what God is doing through His Church....


My friend Kim created patterns for the reusable sanitary pads and wet bags (for soiled pads). 

Casilyn (age 11) asked her grandmother to teach her how to sew when she found out about this need. She has made 4 already! 
Cassidy (age 9) has made 26!  
Joy and Crystal from Indiana rocking out these labors of love!  


Sew Biz partnered with us on their 'Be an Angel Day'.
My dear friend Annette made these and showered me with prayer and encouragement as I began this project.
Home seamstress Maddie taught herself how to sew just for this project!
 Worth More Movement  threw a sewing party for us! 

Sisters in Christ in Michigan! 
Women from Community Life Church in Ohio joining in on the fun! 
This is my amazing mother in law dropping off pads for my dad to bring.
 He is flying to Uganda this week, just in time for our first distribution September 15th. Over 200 have been sewn so far. Yay! 


Here are a few words of encouragement I have received:

"I am handicapped and have been asking God to use me from my home. He has now delivered the answer to my prayers through this project."

"When I shared this need with my 11 year old daughter she went to her room and began weeping. She is now learning how to make these pads."

Beautiful! We serve an awesome God! I LOVE The Church!

Again, if you would like to be part of The Dignity Project please comment below with your email address!  



29 comments:

  1. I would love to join you on this project!
    katybug01.kh@gmail.com

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much! I sent you an email sister! To join The Dignity Project FB page go here:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1049401821739120/

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  2. I would like to help.
    fallingstarr@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you! I just emailed you. If you would like to join our FB page click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1049401821739120/

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  3. Sign us up Jade! I know other women who will definitely want to take part, as well. :)

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    1. Thank you! What is your email address sister?!

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    2. Oops. Here's my email: bunchofholmes@sbcglobal.net

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  4. This would be a good project for our church sewing group. ls56@frontier.com is my email

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    1. Thank you! I just emailed you. If you would like to join our FB page click here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1049401821739120/

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  5. I'd love to help out meredithluuczak@gmail.com

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  7. Would love more info and want to do this at our church. Thank you so much for serving Jesus there in Uganda. I love reading about your adventures. Praying for you!
    varmes62@gmail.com

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  8. Jade, I LOVE THIS!!!!!! I don't know if you remember us from when Stephen and I lived in Indiana, but I have several ladies in our church that I know would love to do it!!! My email is mom4saferhomes@gmail.com. Thanks for all you do!!!
    Michelle Mowat

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  9. My daughter Abigail would love to join in and do this. Please email me (her mom) at corncher@gmail.com

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  10. I would love to get our church started right away on this.
    anne@thedurablefurniturecompany.com

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  11. I would love to help! eemcbride42@students.tntech.edu

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  12. Please email me at bryanandlisanewton@gmail.com

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  13. I would love to sew some and I am sure the women's group at my church would as well. delambright@hotmail.com

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  14. I'd love more info, thelackeyhouse@gmail.com

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  15. LOVE this project! I'd love more info! :) ajm.smiley@yahoo.com

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  16. I would love to know more about this! Our family is moving to Nepal to work with an anti trafficking organization and many times traffickers use feminine products to entrap women most vulnerable. Products are available but very expensive there. I would love to learn more! Here's our email:
    Reimercrew01@gmail.com

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  17. I heard you at Fairmount Camp this past week and would love to help sew for this project. I also knit and would knit baby hats. Would you send me more information about how to get involved? Bethgormong@gmail.com Thanks. Beth

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  18. I would love to be as involved as possible in this. I love the work you're doing! My email address is mstaylormichele@gmail.com.

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  19. Please send the info, I'd like to get involved! katiejacoboski@yahoo.com

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