Days for Girls and the Teachable Spirit

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Days for Girls and the Teachable Spirit

What is the single greatest resistance against poverty? What simple tool is employed to leverage this resistance? How did the teachable spirit find out about it?

Fleshing out my vision with the inception of my website in 2013, I had originally included prepubescent training and feminine care products as part of the program I desired to implement for the girls of Ingrid Education Centre.

Bulletin in the Days for Girls International headquarters, Lynden, Washington, April 2015.

Bulletin board in the Days for Girls International headquarters, Lynden, Washington, April 2015.

As has been the case with much of my work, I had not the slightest idea how I was going to do it, nor a time frame when it would transpire. The teachable spirit knows that God’s timing is best, allowing all things to come to fruition in His time, as the scripture says:

He hath made everything beautiful in its time…

Ecc. 3:11

One of the values of the teachable spirit is that bettering oneself is part of the fabric of life. As such, I found myself at yet another workshop, this one the first of three that were part of a nine month program called The Money Course held in San Jose, California at the end of February and the beginning of March. There are times in my life where I am just noticing my surroundings.

Celeste Mergens, founder of Days for Girls, graciously gave me an hour's worth of her time when I went to visit the office in April, 2015, Lynden, Washington.

Celeste Mergens, founder of Days for Girls, graciously gave me an hour’s worth of her time when I went to visit the office in April, 2015, Lynden, Washington.

There are other times when I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my footsteps were being ordered of the Lord, as you my often hear me say,

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. Ps. 37:23

This was such a time. As I was leaving the workshop, waiting for the shuttle to take us to the airport, one of the women waiting in the group approached me and said,

“I love your earrings. Did you get them in Tanzania?”

Please note that I get lots of compliments on my earrings, but no one has ever had a clue what specific country they were from. This piqued my interest immediately.

Days for Girls International Headquarters closet of menstrual kit preparation, April, 2015, Lynden, Washington.

Days for Girls International headquarters room designated to menstrual kit preparation, April, 2015, Lynden, Washington.

“No,” I said. “I purchased them in Kenya.”

And thus began my ten or fifteen minute conversation with Celeste Mergens, the woman who founded Days for Girls, a non-profit for the purpose of:

Creating a more dignified, free, and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions and community-based health leadership programs.

Women who participated in the Ambassador of Women's Health Training on April 24, 2015, Seattle, Washington.

Women who participated in the Ambassador of Women’s Health Training on April 24, 2015, Seattle, Washington.

Subsequently, the teachable spirit had the significant privilege of visiting Celeste in the Days for Girls home office in Lynden, Washington on April 8, 2015 and participating in the Ambassador of Women’s Health Training on April 24, 2015. Celeste has been instrumental in connecting me with the women who oversee the Days for Girls chapters in Kenya in the process of determining the best possible way to acquire menstrual kits for the girls of Ingrid Education Centre.

What is the cost of providing menstrual kits?

Days for Girls tagline: Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. April 2015, Lynden, Washington.

Days for Girls tagline: Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. April 2015, Lynden, Washington.

Originally, the estimate for acquiring 700 menstrual kits and transporting them to Kenya came in at $8,400 because:

  • $10 per menstrual kit in the US
  • 75 weigh about 50 pounds, the weight of one suitcase
  • each suitcase over the first two cost $200 each
  • plus the additional charge through customs

However, the Chumvi Days for Girls (DFG) Sewing Center in the Lakipia District of Kenya agreed to make 700 for $5.50 each, which would be $3,850. This would provide a considerable benefit to the women of this area who could earn a living wage. Whatever the cost of transportation from Lakipia to Nairobi would certainly not add up to more than $550, so a savings of at least $4,000 would go a long ways towards funding some other project.

Days for Girls International has reached 85 countries on six continents. April 2015, Lynden, Washington.

Days for Girls has reached 85 countries on six continents. April 2015, Lynden, Washington.

Just think, for roughly the cost of a latte, you can help one girl consistently attend school, continue her education, and hold her head high with dignity for THREE YEARS! Yes, that’s right. The menstrual kits created by Days for Girls chapters have been field tested and known to last for three years before they need replacing. One latte=three years!

In my office at Everest College, February 2015, Tacoma, Washington.

In my office at Everest College, February 2015, Tacoma, Washington.

Please join me in the greatest resistance against poverty, create social change, and help provide the girls of Ingrid Education Centre and the Maasai girls in Amboseli National Park with quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness with the direct distribution of feminine hygiene kits by the teachable spirit and the team of Dreamweaver International in January 2016.

https://www.gofundme.com/jeans2016kenyatrip or https://www.youcaring.com/jeans2016triptokenya 

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