We're so happy to announce a new partnership between 4others and Desta Girl at the Spring of Hope CarePoint! Desta Girl is an inspiring non-profit that aims to empower and equip women and girls throughout Ethiopia. They do this by delivering washable, reusable feminine hygiene products to teen students, while training girls and their mothers in proper menstrual hygiene and understanding.
Meet the leaders of Desta Girl: Cheri and Bob Rogers
In July 2010, Bob and Cheri Rogers were in Ethiopia to adopt their daughter. During their visit to the country, their eyes were opened to the vast needs of Ethiopian girls who struggle to stay in school after starting menstruation. God planted a seed in their hearts to do what they could for these girls.
After returning home to the states, they connected with Children's HopeChest. The relational, holistic approach of the CHC model in child development resonated with the Rogers. Soon they were launching their first Desta Girl program at one of the CHC CarePoints in Ethiopia.
Their vision: To expand the Desta Girl program until we have kits in the hands of every teen girl and woman in the Children's Hopechest CarePoints throughout Ethiopia!
Desta Girl comes to the Spring of Hope CarePoint this October!
Cheri Rogers is joining the Spring of Hope mission team in October to visit the children and families of Spring of Hope! While there, Cheri will host private training sessions with the oldest 28 girls of the CarePoint program.
"Part of the training is addressing and correcting the folklore surrounding menstruation," Cheri explains. "Sadly, a common perception in the culture is that menstruation is a curse. And when a woman's monthly bleeding stops with pregnancy, it's because she is blessed."
When Cheri trains the girls in the Desta Girl program, she educates the girls and their mothers on their bodies' biology, emphasizing the significant purpose of menstruation. It is not shameful. It is life-affirming! It's their bodies' way of preparing for the gift of life.
The Desta Girl training encourages the girls to reject the culture of shame surrounding their natural development. They learn how to prepare for and manage their menstrual hygiene.
At the end of their session, they're given beautiful menstrual hygiene kits. These kits are hand-sewn by volunteers across the USA and include:
- 1 cloth drawstring bag for transporting her kit to school
- 4 bars of soap for laundering and self care
- 2 pair of underwear
- 2 moisture barrier shields to prevent leaking
- 8 absorbent tri-fold pads for extra coverage, ease of washing and fast drying
- 1 compact mirror to see that she is beautiful
- 2 gallon sized ziploc bags to aid in laundering with little water
- 1 visual instruction sheet
Needless to say, these girls will walk away feeling equipped and empowered to live with dignity! The training and supplies they'll receive will help the girls stay in school when menstruation starts. With the new private girls latrines and washroom at the Gosu Kora Primary School (funded by the Spring of Hope WASH Project), these girls will be fully equipped to stay strong, healthy, and confident as they study in school!