The Middle East
In December 2016 we opened our first factory in Zaatari refugee camp, 8km south of the Syrian border. We employed 30 of the most vulnerable women in the camp to make washable nappies with materials imported from Turkey. We also made disposable period pads made with machines and raw material we imported from India. As a result of the Indian machine not being an ‘off the peg’ solution we developed our own machine here in Europe with beautiful raw materials. We now have 12 factory’s worth of material sitting in a warehouse in Southampton ready to ship to different countries needing our help to keep girls in school.
In January 2018, due to bureaucracy, we relocated our factory to the compound of a church in Marka, Amman. We now make washable nappies only and our factory is flourishing. It is run by a great team of Iraqis who fled from ISIS in Mosul. We distribute our nappies to the refugees in the city through NGOs and churches. We also supply the Mother Teresa home which looks after 70 adults living with disabilities. We also supply a centre supporting families who have children living with disabilities.
Not only are we helping the poor and the refugees in Amman but we have been approached by a large international agency to support the work of Nadia Murad who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for bringing the world’s attention to the horrendous treatment of the Yazidi women in Northern Iraq by ISIS. We hope to provide them with sanitary pads and nappies.
Our vision is that all vulnerable people suffering in war zones are able to live with dignity by the provision of a nappy or pad. By the end of 2020 we hope to have shipped our first container of commercially made pads from Sweden to the Yemen to support the women and girls enduring unimaginable hardship and trauma.