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. 

Mentoring Families: A Tree Farm in Kenya

Mentoring Families: A Tree Farm in Kenya

A Tree Farm in Kenya

In the Fall of 2017, we visited Nkareta for the first time. Nkareta is a community of around 3000 people, just outside of Narok. Our goal at the time was to do family assessments, which we like to do when we “open” a new area. We met Jacob, who is now our Community Director in that area, and he introduced us to two families he wanted us to work with, the Peres and Kirimogos.

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Jacob, the Nkareta Community Director

We started off at the Peres’ house, and spent some time talking with the different members of the family. Noosonkon and Nkulena Pere have 6 children, ranging in age from Class 1 (first grade) to University age. They have 16 acres of land that they can rent for cattle grazing, and wanted to grow and sell vegetables. They have a local water hole that is really dirty, and when it dries up, they have to walk 4 km to get water.

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Meeting The Pere Family in Kenya

The Kirimogos, Ntabuat and Ksiuku, also have 6 children that attend the local public day school. They have 9 acres of land, no animals, and would like to grown and sell vegetables. They also have four adopted girls who are nieces that they help support.

Our assessment was that we should start with garden boxes for both families, and then move on to animals later. We launched a $5 Friday Fundraiser on Facebook to start building our gardening and tree projects in this community.

After returning from Kenya, we started discussions with Jacob about how to accomplish this. The McMurdos were living in Kenya at the time, and agreed to go and help the families build garden boxes. They were built in January 2018. At the same time, Jacob showed us the garden towers, which were cheaper than building the boxes, and wouldn’t be subject to termites. We decided that moving forward, we would use the towers, with plans to build the first one in June 2018. In the meantime, we also wanted to see about using some of the land that the Peres and Kirimogos had to start tree farms for seedlings that we could transplant to other families in the area. We started creating big plans for how we could help support the community in self-reliance skills. More on that, later!

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Becci and Christine visit The Peres

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