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Funny name, that’s for sure…but it’s definitely descriptive! Africa is Life Changing has identified a major need for our school. You guessed it, MAXI PADS!!! Because teenage girls in Africa don’t have access to feminine sanitary items, they are required to stay home from school during their menstrual cycles. For teen girls in the United States this would likely be a welcome reprieve from their studies! But, let’s face it, American girls don’t face the same challenges as those in Kenya! In Africa having an education is like having incredible wealth. An education is unbelievably coveted. So, when our girls are unable to attend school, they are devastated and they miss valuable lessons taught in the classrooms.
We want ALL of our students to excel. We want them ALL to attend school each and every day. We want them to grow, to learn, and to reach their highest potential!
Want to help us help them? BUY A PACKAGE OF MAXI PADS!
That’s right–we want your pads! Send them our way. Send a package, send a pallet–we’ll take them all! Any size is fine, any brand is welcome. The more we have the better off our girls will be! You can mail pads to our office at:
Africa is Life Changing
1192 East Draper Parkway
Draper, UT 84020 USA
Or, if making the trip to the Post Office is too much of a hassle (which we all know it can be), you can also make a monetary donation by going to our website.
We’re on a mission, folks–and we are absolutely CONVINCED we can get 1,500 packages for our next expedition coming in mid-May.
Go, Buy, Donate! MISSION FOR MAXI PADS IS OFFICIALLY ACTIVE!!!
Today is International Women’s Day and we can’t think of anything better than celebrating the many successes of our work with women in Africa!
When you really think about it, women are all the same–regardless of ethnicity, religion, or location. And, more than that, mothers are all the same as well. Mom’s love their children, have dreams and aspirations for them, and would give everything they have for their well-being.
Imagine being a Kenyan woman. Really, imagine it. Water that comes from the rain, little to no clothing, insufficient shelter, children who are hungry.
Meet Ester. She is one of these Kenyan women.
Ester came to one of our life skill women’s project to receive a crochet hook to make a plastic market bag. She had a desire to become more than she had resources available to her. This was exhibited when she returned the very next day with not only one bag completed but three. Immediately, we knew that Ester was a champion. In the days that followed, we found her among the other women teaching them the very skill she had just been taught. We never saw Ester without a smile upon her face. We could tell that she was hungry for an opportunity to work with a responsibility to be trusted.
After 6 months, we returned with another expedition and found Ester in small kitchen cooking for all the primary and secondary children at our school. We walked up to her and asked her what she was doing. She said, “I now have a job and my three children are going to this school.” Ester arises early each morning at 5am and works until 6pm each day preparing the food for the children at our school. It is a job that she is very thankful for because she can now proudly say all of her children attend school. No sacrifice is to much for mothers such as Ester, because what they desire is to give their children an opportunity to break the shackles of poverty by receiving an education. From a simple crochet hook, a desire to raise their children out of poverty and commitment, we know there are countless other Ester’s waiting to have a chance to say the same thing about their children…”All of my children are attending school.”
Today we celebrate women–here’s to Ester! Here’s to us all!
Welcome to our blog! Africa is Life Changing, Inc. is a humanitarian, non-profit organization whose on-going mission is to nurture the value of women and children. We are a global network of caring individuals dedicated to relieving the suffering and uncertainty of underprivileged women and children.
The purpose of this blog is to create a movement! We have the passion and dedication to help others across the globe. We believe we can make a difference. We believe by reaching outside ourselves and touching the lives of others, we will create a better life for someone else. We act on our beliefs by traveling to Africa on humanitarian missions. Our result: the betterment of education, drinking water, health and livelihood of women and children in Africa.
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