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.