Find Personal Items for the Children

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There are 120 orphans lacking necessary personal items such as clothes, personal hygiene supplies, sanitary napkins, etc. Please find and contact organizations, businesses or individuals that can donate these items to some or all of the children.

Hi Barb

Apologies for not being around in Kabondo for a while - if I come across anything that looks useful to the discussion I will of course post it!!!

Please can you post the information from Many Moons (assuming they won't mind you doing so) as it could be interesting to other projects too.

Mary

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Hello Kofi and Mary,

Kofi - thank you for the link. I will check it out.

Mary, here is the email they sent:

What a wonderful cause you are supporting! Good luck with it, sounds like a great way for the young women to do something positive for themselves while learning and practicing skills.
For most women, 12 to 18 pads is a good amount. It really depends on how heavy their individual flow is and how often they are able to/wish to wash the pads. The entire pad is changed, not the liners. The liners are to add absorbency to the menstrual pad, but the flow will soak through the top layer of the pad before it reaches the liners.
Used pads should be soaked before washing to help prevent staining, ideally cold water is best for this. Hand washing would be fine, and is always more gentle on fabrics than machine washing. Water does need to be clean though and soap used.The pads can be hand sewn or regular machine sewn. The serger speeds up the sewing process and makes a more "finished" looking pad, but for function anything will do. The liners are typically folded in thirds to form the liner, this gives the absorbency needed.
I have attached a word document for your uses, I wish you success!
Warm regards,
Kelley

The word document is a version of the website info. Easier to send to others though. Attached here.

Barb

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Thanks Barb!

Mary

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Keeping my fingers crossed, Barb - hope we will have a positive outcome!

Warm regards,
Kofi.

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Hi Barb,

I read the message sent by Eric, I think regarding beds and blankets we can contact Sleeping children around the world, Canada which donates bed kits to children.So if you think this idea is feasible then we can contact them or give it a try so that children of Kabonda can get a good sleep.

Regards
Anjana

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Hi Anjana,

Thank you. I think this is a good idea. I am not familiar with them, but I just now sent them an email, so we will wait to hear what they have to say.

Regards,

Barb

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its very nice for the innocent children.

thanx Anjana for giving us a very relevant idea.and keep it up........!

thanx and regards
Rizwaan ahmad

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Hello,

I contacted Sleeping Children Around the World. Here was their response:

Dear Barb,

We had planned to distribute bedkits in Kenya in March but it has been
postponed due to the current violence & unrest.
I believe that the children have already been selected for this distribution
as the planning begins six months in advance of the distribution dates.

Please send me the details of the organization in Kenya. We will ask our
volunteers in Kenya to investigate to see whether or not they meet the
criteria for receiving bedkits and depending on the outcome, they may be
considered for 2009.

Kind regards,

Linda Webb
Executive Director
Sleeping Children Around the World
28 Pinehurst Cres
Toronto ON M9A 3A5
416-231-1841
info@scaw.org

I have sent them a copy of our project proposal.

Barb

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Hello every body

it would be very bad for the children whose have been selected for this distribution. so i think it should not happen there because they are waiting for the bed kits so program should not postponed.
its my think if i said something wrong so please apologies to all of you.

thanx and regards
Rizwaan ahmad
00919889175706
00919235857977

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Hello Rizwan,

Thank you for your comments. Yes it would not be good for the children. The note was from an external organization (not a Nabuur project) that distributes bed kits, of which we have no control. They send volunteers and have to keep their safety in mind. Under the current circumstances, many organizations are waiting to see what happens in Kenya.

On the bright side, this organization is willing to consider Kabondo in its next year of distribution. This is good news, but yes it is a while away. In the meantime, maybe there are alternatives for Kabondo.

Possible alternatives include having community members and/or the children (those that are able to) make their own bed kits. This would require some looking into materials and skills.

Some things to consider.

Barb

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Hello Everyone,

First, Eric had not heard of reusable sanitary napkins and was pleased to hear of this option (in an earlier post, we were provided with information on how to make reusable sanitary napkins). We would like to look at having the girls make them for themselves. Eric will be looking into the cost of materials. I will be starting a new task for this, so please provide input!

Second, having warm blankets for the children is important as well. In a previous post Anjana provided information on an organization that puts together bed kits. They have asked us to submit some information on the project, but can't consider us until next year. In the meantime, the children still need blankets. Rather than wait, maybe we can look at ways for the community and children to put together their own kits. I will be starting a new task for this as well.

Regards,

Barb

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Hi Everyone,

Just an update on a shipment of personal care items (soap, lotions, sanitary pads, toothpaste and toothbrushes) that were shipped back in October 2007.

The items were shipped in containers along with books for another project outside of Nabuur. They arrived in Mombassa on January 1, 2008 but because of the political situation, things were slowed down.

We are currently having a bit of difficulty getting some issues sorted out with customs and the clearing agent. Apparently, storage fees are accumulating, but we are not sure why the items have not been released.

I hope we will have a speedy resolution to this so the items can be passed along to the beneficiaries of the items - the orphans of Kabondo.

Regards,

Barb

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Hi Everyone,

Eric and I have been working very hard to ensure that the items for Kabondo are released. We are glad to say that they have cleared the duty portion of customs, but are now tied up in storage. Apparently large storage fees have accumulated. We are trying to secure waivers for this so that the items can be released and forwarded on to Kabondo.

I will be visiting Kabondo in July and I hope to be able to distribute these items while there!

Aside from this, personal care items are still an issue for the children. Any ideas for this?

Barb

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Hi Everyone

We are cleaning up the Kabondo site and moving some items around. I am closing this task as there has been little work on it in many months and our focus is moving towards income generating activities.

Barb

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