PSAA Service Project Supports Hygiene Training

Female students at Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) in Kirkland adopted an international service project three years ago.

They partner with Days for Girls, a nonprofit organization based in Lynden, to assemble feminine health and hygiene kits for girls in developing countries.

"Most of these PSAA girls have not thought about what a girl their age goes through with feminine hygiene in another part of the world," says Jill Clay, PSAA community volunteer who has seen firsthand the need for hygiene training in developing countries. "They are amazed and saddened."

During the most recent hands-on service day, 35 PSAA female students assembled 400 tote bags and cut out fabric feminine hygiene products to sew. Completed hygiene kits are sent to Africa, India and Haiti, among other locales.

PSAA's service day aligned with both the International Day of the Girl and Days for Girls' first 24-hour sew-a-thon.

Clay hopes to start a service chapter to support this cause and to teach applied skills to students in Kirkland. "I hope girls here will value their education even more as they learn about how girls in third-world countries are driven to obtain an education and a better life," she says.