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. We administer roundtable discussions, seminars, and training workshops for groups and organizations to guide conversations on women’s health and hygiene with dignity and sensitivity.
R.O.S.E (Reclaiming Our Self Esteem) workshops create a safe space for women to learn and share their experience. Trained educators facilitate these conversations, providing information and introducing participants to a variety of feminine hygiene products to manage their period. We gear focus toward sustainable, eco-friendly options such as menstrual cups and cloth pads, in order to foster more long-term menstrual support.
Topics covered at these workshops, which may vary based on audience needs, include:
- Female reproductive system
- Menstruation management (feminine hygiene products)
- Pregnancy and postpartum care
- Overcoming social and cultural barriers
WORDS FROM WOMEN WE’VE SERVED
- “Appreciate that we can now talk to our daughters freely and openly…”
- “Amazing explanations...much appreciated.”
- “[The educator] very well-explained cultural barriers we face.”
We also collect and distribute donations of feminine hygiene products, often through our partner organizations. Be a Rose has planted strong roots within the West Michigan Community, and we look forward to continued growth and positive impact.
In 2015, BE A ROSE adopted Paul Mbiyu Primary School, located in Murang'a County, in Kenya's former Central Province. The school has 502 students: 239 girls and 263 boys, as well as a nursery school of 57 girls and 60 boys.
In Paul Mbiyu Primary School, like many other rural schools all over the world, girls are often discouraged from attending school while menstruating, often resulting in unfinished coursework, which is detrimental to their education. This injustice is largely 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 with a dignifying, nurturing environment in which to thrive but will also lay the groundwork for a future campaign on menstrual health and feminine hygiene to keep girls in school and learning!
Be a Rose Founder & President, 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.
"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."