'So Nyeo Ji Mong'
Youth Club for promoting health of girls living in developing countries
Three years ago, for women's health in the third world countries, some girls from middle and high schools have started volunteer club called 'So Nyeo Ji Mong'.
To make a direct translation of this name, it means 'girls' dream', but they wanted to show their will to let the girls suffering from war and poverty have dreams and hope.
In every second and forth Saturday morning, 12 members from forth group gather to make cotton sanitary napkins. Wonder why they make cotton sanitary napkin? They started to make it to help girls living in developing countries, who couldn't go to school for want of sanitary pads. Since 2008, they have made the napkins and sent those to girls in Thailand, Cambodia, and Uganda. Particularly, it is worthwhile to protect Ugandan orphan girls from secondary HIV infection by using sanitary napkins. In addition, at the youth festival called 'Club Day', they inform other students that using disposable sanitary napkins damages women's health and pollutes the environment as well.
To be honestly, it felt awkward and ashamed to make sanitary pads at first. But for now, they take great pride in protecting women's lives and health with the sanitary napkins that they made themselves. Sometimes they were hard to keep sewing, and sometimes they were not sure whether they could really help out somebody by making sanitary napkins. However, they now put their love and wish into every stitch with belief that they could support those in need.
After completion of making sanitary napkin, they wrap it with a card they wrote. Although they have never met the girls in person but in the picture that a missionary sent, they always started writing a card by saying 'My Friend' because they have been thinking of them as real friends. They said, "It is a bit hard to write a card in English, but we really hope that they would be happy to read these." Now they are looking for more club members. If interested, please contact Gangnam Youth Center at 02-544-9835.