Cuba, Turkey, and Syria: Days for Girls Collection Point Projects

Thank you to the DfG teams who sent components to the Pittsburgh Collection Point throughout the year.  Because of your efforts and continued sewing we have been able to develop an incredible long-term partnership with Global Links. We have been working and will continue to work in 2023 to send 10,000 kits to Cuba.

Days for Girls has two other USA collection points, Missouri and Utah. We work together to make the best use of our resources. Sometimes we work on the same projects and sometimes we work on separate projects. While Pittsburgh works on the Cuba project, Missouri and Utah will be working on the Turkey/Syria humanitarian response project.

Collection Points Project information can always be found HERE under ‘Current Collection Point Projects.

You can make a donation to The Pittsburgh Collection Point or purchase needed materials from the Pittsburgh’s amazon wish list.  Or you can email to find out how you can help.

You can also donated to Days for Girls International so that your support will go to the project with the most need.

Donate HERE or Financial contributions may also be sent directly to DfGI at Days for Girls International, P.O. Box 2622Mount Vernon, WA 98273 USA.

This picture is from MLK jr day when we got the first big group of kits packed for Cuba. Our team continues to pack slowly as we prepare for Be A Good Neighbor Day later this spring. We are hoping to have components made, checked, and prepared for packing so we can get another boost from Pitt students to get us closer to our 10,000 kit goal for Cuba.

Here are some details about The Opportunity to help in Turkey/Syria from DfGI:


On February 6, 2023, at 4:15 a.m. a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit south and central Turkey along with northern and western Syria. A magnitude 6.7 aftershock shook the region only 11 minutes later. 9 hours later an additional 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck. Since then there has been over 2100 aftershocks. At least 43,885 have died across Turkey and Syria as a result of this.

This USGS map shows the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023 in red. The aftershocks are marked in orange and the size of the circle represents the strength of the shock.  

Even before the earthquake 16.4 million people in Syria were in need of humanitarian assistance. Since 2011, Syria has been tangled in civil war which has caused unparalleled  devastation and displacement. Many Syrians were already living in partially destroyed buildings and flimsy shelters which are now completely destroyed.

A 3 month state of emergency has been declared in Turkey by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after stating that out of the 85 million citizens 13 million have been impacted. Among those are refugees and asylum seekers that have already been displaced from their original homes. 

We have all watched as the devastating effects of the earthquake have rippled through Turkey and Syria. As we know, the unique needs of women and girls are often left out of humanitarian responses. Days for Girls is ready to respond just as we have in other countries impacted by humanitarian crises. 

We are excited to announce the Turkey/Syria Emergency Response Project
Together with AmeriCares, Lifting Hands International, and Global Empowerment Mission we will be providing menstrual product options to those affected by the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria. 

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