Most of the work of Algerian Action involves helping needy babies and children. However these children will usually in fact, will always come from families who are also in need so whereever possible we do what we can to help the adults out too.

 A few weeks ago a friend who lives in Algiers, told me something that I didn’t at first believe, She told me that she had met  women who were using bin liners as sanitary towels. They simply did not have the money to buy such luxuries so managed with black sacks. Apparently because of the expense this happens quite frequently. 

 I am realistic enough to know that it would be impossible to buy and distribute pads every month.  So, I think the best and probably  the only way to help would be to make washable  pads that ladies could re-use.

 With this in mind I have  dusted off my sewing machine and have made up a super easy pattern that I will add to the ‘free patterns’ page shortly.  There are of course plenty of other patterns available free on line which could also be used.  They are really quick to make and are perfect for using up scrap fabric. If you would like to join me in making these ladies a little more comfortable your help would be really appreciated.        


** The pattern has been added and can be found under the heading ‘Project washables ‘ at the top of this page.



Filed under crafts, women

2 responses to “Washables

  1. Emma what a fabulous idea. I will have a look at the pattern when you put it up, but must admit I am a bit hopeless when it comes to sewing and I don’t have a sewing machine but I will have a go at it.
    I am also going to mention your idea on the charity thread on Moneysavingexpert.com because I am sure there will be more women who would love to help and donate.
    Best Regards
    Andrea :o)

  2. algerianaction

    Thanks Andrea -we need all the help we can get!

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