Supplying products to women and girls in undeveloped nations is a never-ending process.
The reality is that we cannot provide supplies for all who need them.
BUT -- we can equip and empower them to do that themselves.
Take a look at where we've been and where we're going!
2012 ~ STEP ONE: EDUCATE
Exposing the need and mobilizing groups in the West to action.
Within a matter of months, volunteers in more than 20 states began sewing supplies for the menstrual packets.
Packets were assembled and readied for distribution in 2013.
2013 ~ STEP TWO: DISTRIBUTIONS!
Many successful distributions have occurred throughout Kenya. We distributed to schools,
community centers, health centers and churches. Each distribution site received encouragement in being a woman, the truth regarding the value of womanhood, and basic instructions on the use and care of their hygiene packets.
These young women have now started on a new journey of embracing their womanhood and learning to move forward
without the stigma and shame that once held them captive. Hundreds of women and girls received packets.
(Pictures and video is on the website and the Facebook page.)
2014 ~ STEP TWO: DIALOGUE!
Dialogue with administrations and leadership in Kenya led to the opportunity to create a sewing curriculum.
Our successful distributions of menstrual packets in 2013 and the impact it has brought those who received
them has opened the door to the next step of the project.
The goal is for girls to sew their own menstrual packets as part of the learning curriculum.
We have been granted approval to begin this process.
2014 will be focused on developing that curriculum.
2015 ~ STEP THREE: IMPLEMENT & LAUNCH
The goal is for curriculum to be implemented and launched for the school year 2015 -- this is the equipping.
It enables each school to schedule and implement on their own readiness and resource schedule.
Sewing co-ops and centers are being launched to empower women who have been trained in the sewing process.
This enables us to step away and truly empower them by allowing them ownership of the project.
CONCLUSION: A NEW BEGINNING
TRULY EQUIPPED AND EMPOWERED
The end result is to truly 'work ourselves out of the picture.' With the supplies being created in each country, the schools implementing the teaching, and the girls/women being trained to continue to process, we are now able to step back.
Truly equipped and empowered ~ they are independent.
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