Women’s Initiatives: The HopeSac Project

Women’s Initiatives: 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! 

 

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 week 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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