1,000+ Kits

Liberia

The long awaited shipment of over 1,000 kits  has arrived in Liberia. Boxes of kits have been divided up and sent to several  schools all over the country. 


Many Liberian  teachers are now able to teach their students about feminine hygiene while providing  a product that will allow girls to attend school during their periods. 


These teachers and girls wish to extend their deepest thanks to all who donated their time, effort  and money to create these freedom giving kits.

Liberia photos

Sewing Enterprise

Kenyan Sewing Enterprise

D4G seeks to empower nationals through skills training. Funds raised in the US bring opportunities to women and girls to attend trade school and learn business practices. Through a donation, Gladys, a Kenyan seamstress was sent to the Days for Girls University in Uganda to be trained in sewing hygiene products as well as business management. Gladys has now set up shop in Kenya and is training  local women to sew the much needed pads and other items! 

Empower Sewers

Help us grow the Kenyan sewing program with a donation for machines and materials. 

Support the program

FGM awareness Conference

TIGA FGM= STOP FGM


Dignity4girls and Sacred Center for Widows and Orphans sponsored a special  F.G.M. Awareness event in Kenya.


WHY: To educate on the dangers of F.G.M. (Female Genital Mutilation)


WHO PARTICIPATED: Educators, widows, women, cutters and girls


OUTCOME: Women and girls spoke openly about the pressures to participate in F.G.M. Educators spoke about the dangers and risks to the young girls at the time of cutting and the long term effects. Cutters expressed their concerns with  other ways to make a living.


FUTURE: Next events: #1: Women and men together, to teach men the dangers since they are the final say in the household
#2: An event with girls and boys. Teaching young boys to support a young girls decision not to be cut.


Thank you Bethlehem Lutheran Church, River Grove, IL for your donation that made this possible! 

Hens & Goats

Families are Thankful!

We have blessed several families with hens and  even one with a goat. Donors have received photos of the grateful families with their livestock. 

More are waiting!

Did you know that a hen's eggs provide important nutrients and products to sell?   Help a family today! 

Don't know what to give for a birthday or anniversary?

Donate a hen in their honor and share  what that gift will mean to the Kenyan family.  Then in a few months, enjoy together a photo of the Kenyan family. 

Hens & Goats Program

girls CAMP

Theme: Stop Cutting our Girls Future!

Kenya- August 2018


A profound title for a camp designed to remove girls from their communities during the traditional tribal FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) cutting ceremonies. This camp allowed the girls an escape from the ritual while also preserving their standing in the community. 


Parents, who had been hiding their girls to protect them, were very grateful and thanked Robert for providing a safe haven while also offering education on topics like feminine health, basic gardening, and the deep love of Christ. 


The opening devotion came from Genesis 17:9–13, inspiring the girls with the knowledge that only men are called to be circumcised—not women. 


96 girls, ages 6-16, attended along with 20 mentors; older adolescent girls who have said “no” to the cutting. A team of 17 social workers and deaconesses carried out the program in a rented school (for sleeping) and nearby church.  


Only a few girls we lucky enough to sleep on beds with nets. Others were on mats on the floor. Thankfully the area had been treated earlier for mosquitos, which can carry malaria. 


Robert would love to someday build a community center with a dormitory on the donated land and have a permeant site for his camps -where all  girls have a bed, blanket and protective net.

The Need

  • Facility rental is expensive
  • Girls were turned away due to space limitations
  • Girls arrived without a blanket or a change of clothes

One girl explained that there are 8 in her family and they only own 3 blankets so her mother told her to go and share with a friend. 

support girls camp

Kenya

990 Kits have Arrived in Kenya!


The 990 kits arrived safely in March and the first quarter of the WASH! WASH! WASH! program is complete! 


The results of the first three months of the WASH! program are encouraging: 

  • 300 families were reached and received supplies of soap and underwear.
  • Older girls were appreciative of the D4G hygiene kits, health education and the recognition of their struggles. 
  • Girls, parents and grandparents were educated about the dangers of FGM (female genital mutilation).   


past updates

WASH!

June 2018

WASH stands for improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Robert Gutwa and his staff implemented this new program in mid-2017 to serve the most vulnerable. They are reaching out to maturing girls and their families by spending three months providing health education and information on the dangers of FGM (Female Genital Multilation), a harmful ritual that is illegal, yet still practiced. 


Sacred Centre for Orphans and Widows also hopes to provide these girls and widows with the much needed feminine hygiene kits, and more underwear and soap. Robert and his team of deaconesses has reached 300 families in the first quarter of WASH! He is currently in his second quarter and needs our financial help to continue this program! $2,500 funds 3 months of WASH! WASH! WASH!

Liberia

First Shipment to Liberia

Through a relationship with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, IL, and Joe Boway from Liberia, D4G will be shipping 350 kits to Liberian high school girls in May 2018. 


Joe was born in the jungles of Liberia and as a child came to Christ through a missionary family.  Due to civil wars, Joe and many others ended up in refugee camps. For 14 years civil war prevented most schools from operating; as a result, today more than half of the adults in Liberia are illiterate.  Joe, who now lives in Fort Wayne with his wife and sons, created the Liberian Children's Ministry as a way to educate children in the jungle areas. Joe now oversees 14 schools and over 5,000 students!