Goods 4 Girls was started to seek out donors to sew or purchase new, reusable menstrual pads for donations to areas of Africa where these products are needed most. Providing reusable supplies not only provides a more environmentally friendly alternative for these young women (in areas of adequate water supply for washing), it reduces their dependence on outside aid organizations to continue providing for their monthly needs.
How neat is that?
It occurred to me that this would be something I could easily do with the kids and in doing this there was a lot we could discuss. Menstruation, social justice, sewing, feminism, cost of materials...It goes on and on. Never mind the virtue of making something with your own hands that will directly impact that life of someone half a world away.
Check out the site. If you're interested they post links to patterns and tutorials.
One question for the sewers though. I don't have a serger (a lot of the patterns call for the use of one). Would a tight hand sewn blanket stitch be a suitable substitution?