Days For Girls at Chumvi, Kenya-
Sponsored by Kenyan Health Care Initiatives–
Imagine, a seed of an idea planted by a young Kenyan nurse, Catherine Senteu, in June of 2013 requesting help to get menstrual supplies for the girls and woman of Lakipia District of Kenya to keep girls in school and give them dignity. An article in Oprah Magazine in January 2014 about Days For Girls, International was the catalyst. Kenyan Health Care Initiatives becomes the Connecticut Chapter for DFG in January 2014. Together all of you are making a difference in the lives of our sisters in Kenya. Within six months we:
• Provided start- up funds for the Chumvi, DFG Sewing Center. They have secured 2 treadle regular sewing machines, one treadle interlock (hemming) machine and supplies to begin a sustainable business for Maasai woman, some disabled. Sewing lessons have begun. Chumvi is a remote village with no electricity, no internet, and some cell phone service, about 1 ½ hours from the Nanyuki, the closest city;
• Donated, made, and sent 75 completed kits to be distributed by the clinic nurses in Chumvi and Lokusero, along with the DFG educational program;
• Donated materials for over 400 precut shields to be made by our Maasai sisters. These mailed boxes of supplies have been received and all are intact;
• Formed a relationship with the American Friends of Kenya who have offered us space on their container to send fifteen boxes of supplies and Kits to Chumvi in spring 2015;
• Are building an inventory of kits and supplies to send as we find reliable transport;
• Have raised funds to buy an Accuquilt DFG die cutter to cut shields, and a snap machine to send to Kenya this spring. Thanks you Victoria Walters and Kelly Berry;
• Came together as volunteer sewers, organizers and donors from CT, MA, PA and NJ to support this program forming a bond to bring “Education, and Dignity to Every Girl.”
• Organized the Oct 4, Sew-A-Thon, sewing, sewing demonstration and informational session, hosted by the Trinity Church on the new Haven Green.
Catherine, Reisa, coordinator of Woman Initiatives, Martha, Nurse at Chumvi, Gladys, Nurse at Lokursero sends us all their deepest thanks and gratitude. We are changing lives for girls and woman. Only with our support can this happen. The need is tremendous across all of Kenya. Together we can make the Chumvi Center a major hub for the making and distribution of sustainable menstrual kits.
Your help is needed to spread the news, doing good work, building trust and forming a personal relationship with the Maasai women. We welcome sewers and especially folks who can serge (Hem stitch). We welcome quilting groups and sewing groups to join us. We welcome people to donate supplies: PUL, Cotton Cloth, Flannel, Underwear, and Zip Lock Gallon Bags. We welocme donations to fund the center, and buy supplies. We welcome speaking engagements to share all programs and good works of KHCI.