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CQUni plays major role in giving hope to Nepalese women

CQUni plays major role in giving hope to Nepalese women

Published:14 November 2017

Nepalese women and schoolgirls receive much-needed sanitary solutions courtesy of a new-found partnership between CQUni and Days for Girls Bundaberg

For women living in poverty or on the streets in Nepal, access to feminine hygiene solutions is scarce and sometimes impossible.

To help provide the basic necessity, last week, CQUni Nursing and Allied Health staff and students, in partnership with Days for Girls Bundaberg, donated 90 sanitary kits to local Nepalese women and schoolgirls while on international placement in Kathmandu.

Days for Girls Bundaberg, one of 200 volunteer teams throughout Australia, has donated 150 sanitary kits internationally since February this year and aims to continue the goodwill.

Centre Manager Nicole Beasley said the world-wide initiative aims to create a freer, dignified, and educated world through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education.

“Along with the Australian volunteer teams, there are micro-enterprises throughout Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, New Zealand and the United States,” she said

“All of which have been established to teach women how to make, use or provide sanitary kits, and complete hygiene courses.”

“Each kit includes two moisture barrier shields; a travel-sized soap; two pairs of underwear; a washcloth; eight absorbent tri-fold pads; 2 one-gallon size Ziploc freezer bags, and a visual instruction sheet, all of which are placed in a drawstring bag.

“Sanity items are made from flannel, a soft woven fabric, which means each piece can be washed and reused for up to three years.”

CQUni Professor and trip member Kerry Reid-Searl was delighted to hear CQUni students had initiated the partnership between Days for Girls Bundaberg and the University.

“CQUni made a monetary donation to Days for Girls Bundaberg, to help volunteers keep up their fantastic work of providing a basic necessity to under-privileged women,” she said.

“The benefits of the initiative were reinforced after seeing the reactions on recipients’ faces while in Kathmandu - it was extremely special.”

Nicole said Days for Girls Bundaberg would be delighted to continue the partnership with CQUni.

“Staff and students completed online hygiene training prior to departing for Nepal and, as a result, were able to educate women in Kathmandu how to use the sanitary items,” she said.

“Education is just as important as providing the basic necessity.”

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