Dir Aug Dignity Project
The dreaded time of the month causes problems for every girl across the world. But imagine a scenario where you didn’t have access to sanitary products. An exciting Elim-backed partnership hopes to combat that…
Elim has joined forces with One By One to bring hope to tens of thousands of girls at risk of human trafficking across the world.
The Dignity Project empowers girls to say no to sexual abuse and provides reusable sanitary products – a huge need in many parts of the world where girls miss out on education during their periods.
At each Dignity Day, every girl is given a pink dignity bag which contains four washable pads, underwear and literature about the dangers of human trafficking. The gospel is preached and girls are given a hot meal.
The Dignity Project is the brainchild of One By One founder Becky Murray, whose husband Matthew has written for Direction for many years and who almost died in 2014 after contracting malaria on the mission field in Kenya.
The Murrays, who lead Renew Church in Uttoxeter, bounced back after that near travesty and launched the Dignity Project in 2015. They have so far reached more than 6,000 girls with the initiative and the partnership with Elim was officially launched in April when 1,100 girls went through the programme in Lahore, Pakistan.
Becky said, “I was at a Hillsong Colour Conference when the vision of the Dignity Project came to me. There’s a beautiful verse in Proverbs 31 that says ‘she is clothed with dignity and she laughs without fear of the future’. I want girls across the world to experience that joy – to not live in shame because of a very normal cycle that is happening with their bodies.
“It’s such a taboo subject across the world. We take a medical doctor with us on each trip who gives the girls training on their biological system and then we give out the reusable sanitary pads, which can be washed and last up to a year each. It’s life-changing for these girls. Before they would have to miss a week of school each month – now they can stay in education full-time.
“In Pakistan a girl told me she had no idea she could say no to a man’s sexual advances, and in South Africa a 14-year-old girl said her friends turned to prostitution just so they could buy sanitary pads. This is the world we live in and if we can’t stand up for these girls, no one else will.
“We are a Christian organisation and preach the gospel at every Dignity Day. We tell the girls that no price can be put on their heads because the ultimate price has already been paid by Jesus Christ.
“We try and get the police there to assure us that any crime reported will be dealt with, and we have had a tremendous response. At the moment we have invites all over the world but can’t keep up with them. We believe this is going to touch entire nations with the gospel. It started at our base in Kenya but we are now taking it to global. It’s a very exciting season.”
Becky, 37, is excited about the partnership with Elim and hopes the Pakistan Dignity Day is the first of many links with Elim missionaries across the world.
“Elim is a proven entity all over the globe,” Becky adds. “We love Elim’s heart for missions and the fact that they have missionaries situated across the world. We need trusted contacts on the ground and insist everything we do is in partnership with the local church. Thankfully Elim has these contacts worldwide.”
For more information on the Dignity Project or to invite Becky to your church, visit www.onebyone.net
What’s in a Dignity Bag?
A pink dignity bag represents hope and life for young girls across the world. Each bag contains:
Four reusable, washable sanitary pads.
Two pairs of underwear.
Literature about the dangers of human trafficking.