Edmonds resident Rachael Haberman has been featured on Kids are Heroes, a website showcasing stories of children worldwide “who are actively making this a better planet on which to live.”
According to her mom, April Haberman, Rachael asked a simple question two years ago on their way home from a puberty class at Children’s Hospital. “Mom, what do homeless girls do if they can’t afford to buy products?”
Says her mom:
At the time, she wanted to contact an organization that may be helping girls with that need and do a service project for them as part of her Children Who Care Club. What we found was horrifying. There were no organizations distributing feminine hygiene products to the homeless population. Moreover, we realized there were approximately 150 girls within our (Edmonds) school district that had a need for product. Through a lot of research and effort, we came upon Days for Girls International.
In October of 2013, Rachael started the Edmonds WA Chapter for Days for Girls as a way to get feminine hygiene products to the 150 girls in our district. Since then, Rachael has helped to make kit components, gather her friends and club members to host assembly parties to put the kits together, helped to organize a fun run to raise money for the girls in our district, speaks to larger groups of about our efforts, participated in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Citizen’s Day, shared her passion with the Gates Foundation Teens Take Action program and helped to raise nearly $10,000 for Days for Girls, along with her other Children Who Care Club members.
At first blush, Rachael may seem quiet, but we always say, “But watch me roar!” Her compassion for others and her servant heart continue to make a difference within her community and the world at large. To date, the Edmonds WA Chapter of Days for Girls has distributed nearly 800 kits worldwide and has made thousands of washable products. We are thrilled that Rachael has seen how one person can make a difference if we act on the little “nudges” that come our way. Saying “yes” to a passion changes the world. Rachael has changed lives and continues to step into the doors that open.