Women’s Initiatives: Our First Workshop

Women’s Initiatives: Our First Workshop

Our First Days for Girls Workshop in Kenya

The first Days for Girls Workshop we did in Kenya brought tears to all of our eyes, as we were greeted by the girls singing for us. There were around 75 girls that day who received reusable feminine hygiene kits. Christine trained our team in advance, and then we had opportunities to each step up and teach part of the information to the girls. After the workshop, we were able to meet and talk with the girls and take pictures, as we distributed the kits.

Reusable Feminine Hygiene

In Kenya, when a girl gets her period and doesn’t have access to feminine hygiene products, she has to miss school. Over time, that means missing up to a week each month due to menstruation. 100 Humanitarians International works with two enterprises in Kenya that we helped establish, to provide kits to girls who are in rural Kenya as part of our Women’s Initiatives

On our first expedition, we visited Eselenkei Girls School. The school was established to support the rescue centre, where girls have run from Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage. The kits keep a girl in school for up to 3 years, and provides hygiene and dignity for girls in Kenya. Other options include using leaves, old fabric, and even having sex in exchange for pads. 

Our team started by assembling the kits, which include two shields, 8 liners, soap, and underwear. We went through initial training to understand the challenges that the girls face from a teacher at the school, and also learned how to help the girls understand how to use the kits. 

You can make a hug difference in a girl’s life by donating a kit for just $10. Your donation will keep a girl in Kenya in school for three years, and help prevent underage pregnancy and early marriage in their communities. When you donate a kit, it also helps the women and men who work in our sewing enterprises, allowing them to feed and educate their families as well. 

100% of your donation goes to the kit. 

Women’s Initiatives: Feminine Hygiene Workshops

Women’s Initiatives: 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! 

 

Women’s Initiatives: Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits

Women’s Initiatives: Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits

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.

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!

Christine Khamasi – Women’s Initiatives Director in Kenya

In this video, you will hear from our Women’s Initiatives Director in Kenya, who also runs the Zariel Days for Girls Enterprise. Her name is Christine Khamasi, and we have worked with her for four years to support her vision for women and girls in Kenya. She comes with us to lead the feminine hygiene workshops on every expedition, and shares her story, which IS the Days for Girls story, with our teams. 

Women’s empowerment in Kenya is all about saving time and creating opportunities for education and income. Much of a woman’s day in rural communities is spent gathering water and firewood, and cooking over an open fire inside their huts. It’s dark, smokey, and often they develop respiratory issues as a result. 

In addition, women and girls often struggle with menstruation and having access to feminine hygiene products to manage their periods. Often girls will be forced to drop out of school after missing several days a month due to menstruation. 

Even if there is feminine hygiene products available, underwear can be scarce, especially for women in the slums and girls in rural Kenya. 

Our Women’s Initiatives address these three areas. 

Beginning in the Summer of 2015, we helped establish a Days for Girls Enterprise in Nairobi, assisting with fundraising for Christine Sakali to attend the Days for Girls University in Uganda. Christine already had a sewing center where she was employing women from the slums. After becoming certified as an Ambassador for Days for Girls, she began sewing the reusable feminine hygiene kits to distribute to girls in Kenya. 

Rather than bring kits from the United States, we wanted to support Christine’s enterprise, and keep the economy in Kenya. We began fundraising for $10 per kit, to allow Christine to purchase supplies and pay her team to sew the kits. Each kit can last up to 3 years when taken care of, allowing a girl to stay in school, rather than miss due to menstruation. 

We also helped establish a second Days for Girls Enterprise in Bomet, Kenya, led by our Community Director, Anita Byegon. Between the two enterprises, we have distributed over 5000 kits to women and girls in Kenya, with a goal of 1000 kits each year. The workshops include hygiene, self-defense, and reproductive training, encouraging girls to avoid sex and stay in school.