"We need women who are so strong that they can be gentle, so educated that they can be humble, so fierce that they can be compassionate, so passionate that they can be rational, and so disciplined that they can be free. We need uncommon women. And here you are. And how deeply reassuring to me it is to know that wherever we go—there you will be."
Kavita N. Ramdas
BE A ROSE partners with organizations throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan, to provide underserved women and school-age girls education on puberty, menstrual hygiene, and menopause, as well as access to feminine hygiene products. To this end, we administer roundtable discussions, seminars, and training workshops for groups and organizations. Furthermore, we gather and organize donations of feminine hygiene products to be given freely to women and girls in need.
Workshops will begin in September 2016!
In 2015, BE A ROSE adopted Paul Mbiyu Primary School, located in Murang'a County, one of the counties in Kenya's former Central Province. The school has 504 students: 263 boys; 239 girls; and a nursery school of 60 boys and 57 girls.
In Paul Mbiyu Primary School, like many other rural schools all over the world, girls are often discouraged from attending school while menstruating, and often fail to finish coursework, which ultimately may end their education on the whole, all due to myths and misguided cultural understandings of blood and menstruation.
In order to dispel such myths, Paul Mbiyu Primary School must first have the proper infrastructure needed to support appropriate sanitation. BE A ROSE is working to finance the construction of new toilets for all students and staff. As a first step, these new facilities will not only provide the teachers, girls, and boys a dignifying, nurturing environment in which to thrive, they will also lay the groundwork for a future campaign on menstrual health and feminine hygiene to keep girls in school and learning!
The founder and president of BE A ROSE, Christine Mwangi, and her family originate from Kenya, so this project is very near and dear to the BE A ROSE family's heart!
* Banner image above was taken during class at Paul Mbiyu Primary School.