What does it really mean to “empower” a woman or girl? After several expeditions to Kenya, working with
women and families, we realized that empowerment to them means tools that help them get more done in
But first, we wanted to provide a way for our local communities to come together to serve locally. For the past year, we have been hosting local “Sew-a-Thons” where we invite people to join us for a few hours to sew things like underwear, t-shirt dresses, t-shirt bags, and HopeSaCs. We then take these items to Kenya on our expeditions, along with hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, to create kits that we can give to girls in rescue centers, and women in families that we work with. We also include a Days for Girls reusable feminine hygiene kit to help keep girls in school without worrying about menstruation.
We partnered with entrepreneurs like Abbey Junker, who loves to share Pampered Chef kitchen tools as part of our “Kitchen Kits” fundraiser. We donated 20 Kitchen Kits to families in Kenya – sharp knives, cutting boards, spatulas, spoons, vegetable peelers, etc.
Cindy Miller, who created the HopeSaC (Stands for Hope, Service and Charity) showed us what an incredible time-saver having a fabric thermal cooker would be for women, as well as a way to reduce the amount of fuel needed to cook for a family.
We also know that empowering a woman or girl means teaching her skills that can be used for economic development and self-reliance, teaching her hygiene for a healthier life, and above all, it means connection and love. When you go to Kenya with us, we encourage you to find “the one” person that you are there to meet. Two weeks in Kenya is two years worth of personal development mentoring in the U.S. It will change a life. Yours.
Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits – Days for Girls
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 3500 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.
At our sew-a-thons, we recycle used t-shirts into underwear for rescue centers, t-shirt bags for women to sell in Kenya, and t-shirt dresses for girls. We also host cut-a-thons, where we cut out the underwear patterns, and take them to Kenya for the sewing teams there to put together and distribute.
Our goal with these projects is skills development. As we build training centers in communities, we have sewing machines donated, and the women in the communities are then able to begin learning how to sew. Our teams bring fabric that is donated to these sewing centers.
In June 2017, we started bringing Kitchen Kits for the families we were working with. The kits were provided by Abbey Junker and her Pampered Chef team, and included things like cutting boards, apple slicers, sharp knives, spatulas, spoons, and vegetable peelers.
Now, we provide these items on a regular basis, because we believe that women are truly empowered when they have tools that can help them in their daily work. Their reaction to receiving these items is priceless, and it makes a difference in how fast they are able to cook meals for their families.
HopeSacS – Retained Heat Cookers
We met Cindy Miller in May 2018 when she joined us at a sew-a-thon, and showed us her HopeSaCs. It stands for Hope, Service and Charity. These bags are sewn by volunteers, and we take the kits with us to Kenya and stuff them. When used correctly, they can reduce the need for fuel, help save women’s lungs with less smoke inhalation, and can be used to cook meals overnight so that children can eat before school.
We now fundraise and donate HopeSaCs to the families we work with, and the women are amazed when they see that they can cook without being over a fire!
MAKE A DONATION!
Donate a Days for Girls Kit
Our goal for each year is to donate 1,000 Days for Girls reusable feminine hygiene kits to women and girls in Kenya. We fundraise in the U.S. for these kits, because when we employ the women in Kenya to make the kits, we keep the economy in Kenya. There are 20+ families that work in the two sewing centers we support, and our donations allow them to live, and pay their children’s school fees.
Each kit is $10.00, and can last for up to 3 years with proper care. Along with the kit, the girl receives education and training that includes hygiene, self-defense, and reproduction. She is taught to focus on school and not dating, in order to avoid pregnancy. Having a kit has reduced the number of days that a girl misses school due to menstruation dramatically, and in most cases it goes down to 0% absenteeism.
You will receive a receipt for your donation in your email that you can use for tax purposes. Please consult your accountant if you have any questions.
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Donate a HopeSaC
Thank you for making a donation!
Each HopeSaC Thermal Cooker is $50 and includes mentoring and training a woman in Kenya in retained heat cooking. She will receive a certificate of completion upon training, and will be able to save time and fuel by using the HopeSaC! Often women are cooking for long sessions over open fires, which can contribute to lung and respiratory issues. They cook inside their huts, and it is very hot and smoky. With a HopeSaC Thermal Cooker, they can dramatically reduce the amount of time spent over the fire, which reduces the amount of firewood that they need to gather each day.
You will receive a receipt for your donation in your email that you can use for tax purposes. Please consult your account if you have any questions.
Follow Up by joining our Facebook Group or Email List!