Days for Girls began when the Founder and CEO Celeste Mergens was working with a family foundation and orphanage in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Asking “What are girls doing for feminine hygiene?” Celeste learned that girls were sitting on cardboard for several days each month, often going without food unless someone would bring it to them. This set in motion her first intervention - disposable pads. But without any place to dispose of the pads, this was neither a viable nor a sustainable solution. So it was time for Plan B: a washable, long-lasting pad.
Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls.
Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Together, we're creating a world with dignity, health, and opportunity for all.
Our movement has reached more than one million girls — and counting! With your help, we can reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.
Our products include sanitary pads (cotton and washable), menstrual cups and Days for Girls souvenirs.
We provide menstrual health sessions with groups, in schools, and through other means.
Our focus is on menstrual education and with this we provide access to ecofriendly products for menstrual management.
To deliver ecological resources for menstrual management to girls and young women.
We have shared training to more than 5,000 girls in Guatemala across many different departments.
We measure our impact through pre and post participant surveys.
Way in which you collaborate or work with others
At the beginning, the promotion of our programs and products was through social networks. Now we contact networks and groups in different departments to create alliances and to join efforts.
To have a National Menstruation network.
To offer ecological menstrual hygiene products with sanitary registration in Guatemala.
To expand into all 22 departments of Guatemala, to have more girls know about menstruation and to learn innovative solutions.
To be a National organization.
To be an entity recognized for its quality of educational talks and innovative products.
To have data which helps with breaking stigma and taboo of the topic of menstruation by 2022.