Both of these projects aim to assist women develop sustainable, profitable and useful activities.
SOMAP has been established by a group of ex-pat women who live in Vanuatu and provides material, machines and sewing lessons to a number of women’s groups across Vanuatu with the objective of making them self-sufficient.
Days For Girls has been established by Belinda from new Zealand and aims to provide sanitary napkins to encourage girls to not stay at home from school during monthly menstruation. This is an international initiative and invites women to learn to sew and make the relevant items for sale at a small profit.
With some capacity in their container, SHaRM members sourced sewing machines, fabrics and other sewing items from donors in Melbourne and distributed them to these two very worthwhile groups.