The HopeSac Project

The HopeSac Project

In May 2018 at a sew-a-thon where our team was working on sewing underwear to donate to street women and girls in rescue centers in Kenya, Cindy Miller brought us The HopeSac Project. The HopeSaC Project teaches retained heat cooking through instruction, both in groups and one on one, including a certification program. They also donate related kits and materials needed for retained heat cooking, items such as thermal cookers, cookbooks, pots with lids, fiber and they teach the sewing skills needed for the women to make their own.  

Women in Kenya Cook Over Open Fires in Enclosed Spaces

According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, pneumonia has recently been the top killer disease, even over malaria, from 2015 to now. In addition, respiratory system ailments are the most common diseases in local health facilities. This is because many women in Kenya are cooking over open fires, smoke filling their huts that they breathe in for hours at a time, every single day. They develop respiratory issues, along with coating their walls and ceilings with a thick black tar-like substance. 

The HopeSaC Project shares the technique of retained heat cooking to benefit families through savings of health, time and money. The key to success is education. This simple system of boiling food and then insulating it until it is time to eat has been life-altering for the women in Kenya. The most frequent feedback we receive is that this technique frees up time and allows the women to accomplish more throughout their day.  

Where Your Donation Goes

Cindy Miller, the creator of The HopeSaC Project, oversees and manages the gathering of fabric, cutting, sewing, and assembly of each HopeSaC. She is not compensated for this project, but when you donate a HopeSaC, she uses the funds to travel to Kenya and Mexico to deliver them and certify women on how to use them. 

The HopeSaC Project aligns with the mission of 100 Humanitarians International to help provide self-reliance to families. It also accomplishes the following goals: 

 – Reduce the amount of time women spend cooking over fires, therefore reducing the smoke and toxin inhalation, and reducing the amount of trees cut down for fuel

 – Provide meals for children that can be cooked overnight so they are able to eat before school

 – Provide sewing skills, and retained heat cooking skills that can be passed down to future generations creating opportunities for income

The HopeSaC Project teaches retained heat cooking through instruction, both in groups and one on one, including a certification program. We also donate related kits and materials needed for retained heat cooking, items such as thermal cookers, cookbooks, pots with lids, fiber and we teach the sewing skills needed for the women to make their own. 

There are many ways to get involved in the HopeSaC Project. Get the word out by hosting a class or sewathon, share online, sew at home, join us on an expedition, donate time and/or resources, it all makes a huge difference!  We are happy to have you join us!  

Asante sana! 

 

Feminine Hygiene Workshops

Feminine Hygiene Workshops

Since our first expedition in May 2016, we have taught Days for Girls workshops in schools, churches, homes, and rescue centers in Kenya. From the streets of Nairobi to the rolling hills of The Mau Forest, we have donated over 4800 reusable feminine hygiene kits to women and girls, including education in hygiene, self-defense, and reproduction. We have helped build and establish two sewing centers, where women in Kenya have become trained Days for Girls Ambassadors, as well as learning sewing and business skills. Because of this, they are able to support their families, and pay for school fees for their children.

Kenya is the 8th Poorest Country in the World

Many women in Kenya struggle with their monthly menstruation, often resorting to sleeping with men in order to buy sanitary towels. There are just over $51 million people in Kenya, and the median age is 19. Kenya currently ranks 8th on the extreme poverty list, and 11 million Kenyans are currently living below the poverty line. In Narok County, where most of our projects are based, 49% of the county is living in poverty.

A reusable feminine hygiene kit can last for up to 3 years when taken care of, and can keep a girl in school without missing due to her period. That is a very big deal for girls in Secondary School, where often pregnancy and poverty cause them to drop out. 100 Humanitarians International commits to fundraising for 1000 kits per year, hiring the women and men who work in the sewing centers to make the kits, keeping the economy in Kenya. Each kit is $10, so our annual fundraising goal is $10,000. Every dollar makes a difference!

Where Your Donation Goes

100% of your donation goes to one of the two Days for Girls Enterprises that we work with. One is in Nairobi, and run by Christine Khamasi. The other is in Bomet, and run by Anita Byegon. Each month, we send the donations to one or both of these two enterprises, where their sewing teams make the reusable feminine hygiene kits. 

Prior to sending the kits, we discuss where the kits can go that will accomplish our goal of keeping girls from the following: 

 – Dropping out of school due to menstruation

 – Trading sex for money to buy menstrual pads

 – Being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation and married off as a child bride

$7 from each kit goes to pay for supplies, and $3 goes to pay the people who sew the kits and help support their families. Your donation not only keeps a girl from missing school due to menstruation, but it helps keep the economy in Kenya by paying the people who make and distribute the kits. 

When the kits are delivered, the girls attend a workshop teaching them how to use the kits and take care of them so that they last as long as possible. They are also taught hygiene, self-defense, and information about how their reproduction system works. 

We are so grateful for your help and support to make this program continue each year. We have distributed over 4500 kits since we began our organization in 2015. That is 13,500 years of education. This program also prevents trafficking within families from the ability for girls to stay in school. 

Asante sana! 

 

Monthly Update – August 2020

Monthly Update – August 2020

100 Humanitarians International Monthly Update
August 2020

BOMET, KENYA – COMMUNITY DIRECTOR – ANITA BYEGON

Garden Towers – USANA

Since the beginning of the year 2020, we have built 120 garden towers for 60 families and currently working on 40 garden towers for 20 families. This means a total of 80 families will have garden towers for vegetables supplements for their families. About 80% of families are already eating vegetables from the garden towers and able to sell the surplus to provide them with other family needs.

Chicken Project

16 Families have received 6 chickens each which totals to 96 chickens provided to the families so far.

Days for Girls

This year 2020, we have provided Complete supreme Kits to 100 girls and 70 PODS. A total of 170 girls have received Days for Girls Kits.

Students Trainee Update- Ndee and Mercy

We were to train Ndee and Mercy on various projects that we are working on in Bomet. Poultry management, Ndee was able to learn first hand how to take care of 1 day old chicks, from general poultry management aspects, feeding, Biosecurity aspects.Ndee also was able to learn Garden tower building. She managed to build about 5 family garden towers with the Garden team and learn step by step on how to do the same. Ndee was also able to learn on Sewing skills. She managed to learn general sewing skills and she can now comfortably sew a dress.

DAYS FOR GIRLS – WOMEN’S DIRECTOR – CHRISTINE KHAMASI

655 Kits donated so far this year to girls in Maasai Mara, Samburu,  and Mombasa

NKARETA, KENYA – COMMUNITY DIRECTOR – JACOB LOSIKANY

Chicken, Goats, and Cows

There are now 66 chickens (from the original 50) including 16 chicks that have been hatched. Thanks to Hope the Super Goat, we have 20 goats! There are now 6 cows. Our three cows have given birth.

Washrooms

The washrooms have been plastered. The tiles and plumbing work remains.

Student Trainee Update – Fred

Fred did well, and attended his training objectively. He has demonstrated to be a fast learner. He left to go back to the Mara, but will be returning.

Family Chicken Project

The families are doing well and are constructing coops so that they can get the chickens. 18 families have received the chickens so far out of 30.

CULTURAL CENTRE GUEST HOUSE – MOSES

The first coat paint is being applied, by the end of the week we will be done with that. What will remain is the

1.plumbing
2. Installation of showers and toilets.
3. 9 wooden doors, for the kitchen, bedrooms and the four washrooms.
4. Glass fitting for the windows.

Then we are done. What will remain will be  interior decor and furnishing

Meet Our Families: Mercy and Vincent

Meet Our Families: Mercy and Vincent

Meet our Families: Mercy and Vincent

The first time we met Vincent, we taught him how to brush his teeth with a toothbrush. We arrived in Bomet, Kenya during our second expedition with the intention of working with five families. Vincent’s was the fifth that we met on that trip. His mother, Mercy, was working in a field every day cutting vegetables. She made about $1 each day to feed her family.

We started Mercy’s family in our Business Box program, that included a cow, a goat, chickens, and gardens. Vincent was behind on school fees, so we fundraised for his education to get him back into school.

Mercy received all of the elements of the Business Box, and our Community Director, Anita, went to work training her on how to use milk from the cow and goat, and eggs from the chickens to feed their family as well as sell to make money. Our team visited Mercy’s family in November 2017. By then, she was learning to sew, and Vincent was starting his Senior year of high school.

By this time, as you can see, they were growing a garden. mercy had created a roadside stand to sell cut vegetables. She was working in the sewing center, and her friends reported that she had come out of a depression that she had been struggling with for a while.

One year later, when we were working in a rescue center for girls who have run from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, Mercy came to greet the girls. You could see a huge change in her, both countenance and physically. She had attended a training in Uganda with Days for Girls, and was working more in the sewing center in Bomet, helping make reusable feminine hygiene kits.

Vincent graduated from high school, and was also learning how to sew reusable feminine hygiene kits. Whenever our teams visited, he would be right there helping with any projects that we were doing in the community. When 100 Humanitarians International began a partnership with USANA Foundation to build Garden Tower Systems with families in Bomet, Vincent was our first choice to run the project.

He began working with families, and as of today, 30 families in Bomet have two garden towers, fencing, and a water storage tank. The families are eating the vegetables 5-8 meals a day average, and some families are able to sell vegetables to generate income.

With the money Vincent is paid to facilitate this project, he is building a house for himself. He’s learning how to track each family, document how many meals they are eating each week, and how much they are able to sell. From a family making $1/day four years ago, to a family able to pay their other children’s school fees, feed their family, make an income, and change a generation. We are so grateful for the stewardship they have shown, and the example they are setting to other families in the Bomet community about what is possible!

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100 Humanitarians International is a community of entrepreneurs and individuals around the world collaborating to create opportunities, both locally and internationally, for education and personal development.
We are committed to sustainable projects that support communities and preserve the culture of indigenous tribes.

The mission of 100 Humanitarians is “To mentor families globally through education and entrepreneurship in an effort to eliminate physical, mental, spiritual and emotional poverty, while preserving culture and tradition.”

100 Humanitarians International is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to 100 Humanitarians International are Tax Deductible under IRS regulations. 501(c)(3). Tax Exempt DLN # 26053581001597, EIN #82-1048388

A Rice and Beans Miracle

A Rice and Beans Miracle

We want to share a miracle with you. 

It’s times like these that we get to see some of the intangible results of the work we have done in Kenya. When we realized that during this shutdown our ongoing projects were going to be shut down as well, we talked with our community directors about what we could do to help families who would otherwise be going without food during this time. 

In Kenya, markets have been closed for the past few weeks, and in rural communities where food is already a challenge, it becomes dangerous. Many families earn their money each day and then buy food for that day only. With children out of school, it puts an additional burden on families to feed their children every day as well. 

Our team came up with a plan to fundraise to purchase beans and rice for one meal a day for as many families as possible during this time. Our goal was to track every detail: number of family members, amount of food handed out, and how many meals that provided each family member each week. Based on our calculations, we would be able to help feed around 200 people each week across all of our communities. 

What happened has been very different. Our communities are reporting that they have been able to feed 30-35 families each, and a combined 600 people, including 424 children. We prayed for a loaves and fishes experience, and we got one.

Become an Ambassador

We want to thank each of you for your help with our projects in Kenya over the past five years. The challenges ahead in our communities are only more difficult now due to the COVID-19 virus. Girls still menstruate, children still need education, and families still need opportunities to create sustainable income. 

Because of this, we are creating our Ambassador Program. We need to focus on implementing and building our programs in communities, not dialing for dollars and fundraising events. 

When you become an Ambassador, you contribute $10, $20, or even $50 each month towards our projects. In order to support our Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits ($10 each) and School Fees for 27 students ($Varied) we need to fundraise $2000/monthly. If everyone receiving this email donates $10/month, we would double that, and be able to expand our programs substantially. 

As we celebrate our 5th anniversary in 2020, we are truly grateful for all of the help and support. 100 Humanitarians International would not exist without you. 

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If you want to learn more about our expeditions, sign up here and get the information packet! 

100 Humanitarians International is a community of entrepreneurs and individuals around the world collaborating to create opportunities, both locally and internationally, for education and personal development.
We are committed to sustainable projects that support communities and preserve the culture of indigenous tribes.

The mission of 100 Humanitarians is “To mentor families globally through education and entrepreneurship in an effort to eliminate physical, mental, spiritual and emotional poverty, while preserving culture and tradition.”

100 Humanitarians International is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to 100 Humanitarians International are Tax Deductible under IRS regulations. 501(c)(3). Tax Exempt DLN # 26053581001597, EIN #82-1048388