Danielle Daniel, LCSW, PsyD student
Nepal 2016 Humanitarian Trip
After 3 days of bucket showers, 100 degree weather, and hauling cement to help build that little school you see behind me, my heart was so full as we loved, served and taught the women in Nepal about their individual worth as a woman, and gave them resources for caring for their menstrual cycles. Being involved in humanitarian efforts is one of the best ways you can fulfill that internal need we have by design, to serve and care for others outside of ourselves. This is one of the greatest perks of being partnered with doTERRA, to serve in their humanitarian projects.
The work of Days for Girls organization is crucial to not only the hygiene but also the safety of the young girls and women. Many believe menstruation is impure in ancient Hindu practices and women are banned during that time and confined in insanitary spaces. Girls miss school during this week every month and get behind in their studies. The Nepalese people are beautiful, sweet and loving, and sometimes traditional beliefs can be hard to break. In December 2016, there were two deaths reported from this practice. One girl that was cast away into a shed died from suffocation from the fire that kept her warm. Read full news article here.
Days for Girls is an inspired foundation that doTERRA has partnered with to take menstruation hygiene and educated practices to villages around the world where this ideation of impure practices has been deeply rooted.
In April 2016, I had the opportunity to teach with Day's for Girls to 40-50 young women in a remote village of Nepal about education for their menstruation and we gave them little sewn bags of re-usable/washable menstruation pads and underwear for proper care. The girls were so excited to receive their pretty bags and hear such comforting words of their worth and value and the natural process of the woman body.
While in Katmandu during this same trip, a group of us had the special opportunity to meet the founder of Days for Girls at an orphanage we visited and Celeste Mergens taught the young girls, about their value, purpose and proper care for their menstruation. It was such an honor to be part of this worthy cause and help in some small part to empower women in other parts of the world.
To learn more about Days for Girls foundation, get involved or donate, you can visit their website below.