OREM — Girls in some parts of the world are shamed, blamed and forced to stay home during their menstrual periods.

That’s why Days for Girls not only sends reusable feminine hygiene kits to areas of limited access, but also conducts education efforts to teach girls that there is nothing wrong with the natural process. As she assembled kits Thursday, volunteer Sondra Hudgens said she often tells girls in India who are embarrassed by their periods how “amazing!” the process actually is.

The Days for Girls international charity and the Women’s Success Center at Utah Valley University united for the service project in the UVU student center where volunteers cut, tore, sewed and folded materials for the kits.

Qiling Wang, Deseret News

Bryan Lacerda, left, and Tim Hamson cut out cloth patterns for making reusable sanitary pads at the Sorensen Center at Utah Valley University in Orem on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. More than 50 volunteers participated in building feminine hygiene kits for girls and women around the world.

Thursday also marked Days for Girls’ 10th anniversary, as well as International Day of the Girl, a U.N.-recognized holiday.

Each kit Days for Girls sends out contains underwear, special pads called “shields,” liners to securely hold the shields in place, soap and a cloth to clean the products, zip-close plastic bags, and a sewn bag to store it all.

The shields volunteers make are built to last three to five years, if not more, said Lisa Chudleigh, Days for Girls’ Utah regional representative.

“It’s something that you can wash and that will last,” Chudleigh said. “Also, it has this layer in the middle that’s waterproof, which makes these different from anything else.”

Chudleigh said the group is called Days for Girls because of what it allows young women to do: “They get their days back.”

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