The Pachamama Project is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization making and distributing reusable sanitary pads to refugees around the world and growing a network of volunteers around the UK to make them.
The organization is currently at nearly 1,000 volunteers, nearly 20,000 Pacha Pads made and nearly 14,000 pads sent out to over 3,000 refugees since the project launched in August 2020.
What is period poverty?
Period poverty is the lack of availability and access to sanitary products, normally, due to financial constraints. This causes many women to resort to using scraps of tissue or even socks which can lead to infections.
“The World Bank estimates that 500 million women and girls globally lack access to adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management”
At Madam Sew we decided to put our shoulders under this beautiful project, convinced that with our big community of sewing addicts (a lot of them sitting on a lot of scrap fabrics :-)), we can make reusable sanitary pads and make a difference, help and create awareness.
Here's what you need to make the pads:
Clean, good-as-new scraps of cotton fabric, new fleece (for the top layer that touches the skin), towel material (absorbent), and plastic snaps (plastic poppers or Kam snaps).
These snaps can be bought on Amazon or Ebay, and in local notions stores or on MadamSew.com. If you are struggling to get hold of these notions and the tool just get in touch with us by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and add a picture of some finished pads (minimum 8) without the snaps and we will get in touch with you!
Read our Blog Post HERE for details and a tutorial from An on how to make the pads! These can be made by any sewist - beginner or expert!