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!