Find Personal Items for the Children

Status: Finished

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.

Hello Ingeborg and Marieke,

Thank you very much for the efforts you are making on behalf of the project. Sandals are very good for the children as casual wear when out of school. I have not met the name Croc but if they are things the children can wear then why not.

There is also nothing wrong with using the children's photos for publicuty since it is for a just and worthwhile cause.




I think I have an answer to your shoes need! An organization in the United States called "Soles4Souls" donates shoes to nonprofit organizations! I know that we at Kisumu Project, Inc. have requested shoes to send to our projects in the rural Kisumu area. I do not know our specifics, but I am sure our organizations could work out something!

Here is the Soles4souls website for you to view:


Let me know if you need anything!
Brenda Thonsgaard-Flores :-)
Kisumu Project, Inc.


Hello Brenda!

Thank you for this information. We will follow it up and let everyone know how things proceed.



May the turmoil in Kenya be resolved quickly and peacefully.

Proctor & Gamble has a program they're advertising heavily in the US -- tampons for Africa. Here's what I've found out about it:

“Working with HERO, the Protecting Futures program brings together the brands’ global resources to help make a positive impact on these young girls by improving access to feminine hygiene products as well as education and health services,” said Michelle Vaeth, Protecting Futures Program Director for P&G. “Through this program, Tampax and Always will help build an infrastructure that – with support from local and national governments - can give children in these communities the chance to reach their full potential.”

“Protecting Futures is making a positive and direct impact in the lives of children living in HIV/AIDS-affected communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This program also helps support two of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals – promoting gender equity and ensuring that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling,” said Gabrielle Armand, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing for the United Nations Association of the USA. The UNA-USA’s HERO Campaign provides comprehensive school-based support to children living in HIV/AIDS-affected communities in Southern Africa."

"Protecting Futures, a ground-breaking five-year commitment was born out of a pilot program Always launched in Kenya two years ago through a partnership with the Girl Child Network (GCN) and is a part of P&G corporate cause, Live, Learn, and Thrive which has helped over 50 million children in need."


Dear Marge

That is a very interesting program.

I am working with this project
also at

where you will see there is a project under way for school toilet construction - and associated hygiene project. Also great interest in this at Nyalebe.nabuur aka

There is a profound health problem when there is lack of toilets, water and basic hygiene education. Important to break the cycles of disease.

It would be good if we can find common solutions, low cost, easily implemented and safe if well managed.

best wishes



I don't know whether this is the right place to put this note, but there is now an extensive discussion of composting toilets and design ideas (for large and small units) at




Hello Dennis,

Thank you for the post! I have been following the discussion in Kiliba regarding composting toilets and I think there is much information of value to Kabondo (and other communities!).




You may be interested in this site.
Make your own sanitary pads

Above is a pattern for sewing sanitary pads. These pads are reusable and can easily be washed.

My Father built his own composting toilet using the humanure book that Ken recommended. It works effectively.

I have found an interesting link on biolatrines that are being used in Kitale Kenya. They compost the waste which is then used as fertiliser. They don't use water so there is no danger of the waste leaking into the groundwater and contamination the water table (thus causing disease). They collect the methane gas and this is used to heat and light the school. Anyway, here is the link...

Practical Action - Bio-latrines in Kenya



Hi Mel,

Thanks for the information and links. I took a look at the sanitary pads. They seem fairly simple to make and require few materials that should be available locally. I will see if Eric can either price out the local cost or find local donors. The girls should be able to sew these themselves.

There have been a number of latrine options put forward to, so I will compile them for Eric to take to the community to discuss.

Local meetings are not easy at this time, as they are being prohibited from gathering in groups, so it may take some time before they can discuss this.




Hello Barb and Eric,

Just a short note to say, that here in Ghana, we are still praying for all our Kenyan brothers and sisters (and their beautiful country, too).

We hope the leaders of all the political parties, will see the plight of ordinary Kenyans - and find a way of acommodating each other, for the common good of their nation and its people.

And on a more personal note, I would like to apologise for disappearing for a while. I slipped at a rather steep section, going up a hill. I fell, and broke my back.

I have been laid up in bed since, as a consequence: and a real nuisance it has been , too (especially having to put up with such infernal pain!).

But I am glad to be back in the Kabondo fold again, as it were - and hope I can make the odd contribution, from time to time, going forward! May God bless, protect and guide all our Kabondo neighbours, inside Kenya.

Best wishes,


hi every one.
please do sth for this village.

thanx and regards
Rizwaan ahmad


Hello Kofi,

Good to see you back. Like others, I too was wondering where you had gone! I am sorry to hear you had an accident. I wish you a speedy recovery.

I look forward to hearing more of your contributions.



Hi Everyone,

I contacted Many Moons Alternatives (the organization that posted the pattern and directions for making the sanitary napkins) and they provided me with a printable document I can sent Eric as well as addressed some questions I had. The original pattern directions talked about sergers and laundering in a washing machine. Also, I wanted information on how many a female should have on hand for use (12-18). They provided care instructions for hand-washing and informed on how to make by hand.

I hope to be in touch with Eric soon to provide him all this information.



That's good news Barb. I am glad that the site helped out.

Modern sanitary products are very convenient, but not when you are living in an area where you can't duck down the street to buy them, or you don't have enough money to buy them. They also create hygiene and environmental problems as they do not break down, so disposal is a problem.

The handmade pads are the only alternative I could find that would be viable for women with limited finances, and/or living in a remote area.



Hello Barb,

Earlier on today, I posted a website link, on the Mgbala Agwa village page.

I will keep my fingers crossed, going forward - and hope that it turns out to be very useful, for the children of Kabondo.

And thanks for showing concern for my health too, Barbs.

Best wishes,