More than a mission.
It’s a movement.
Be a Rose is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, nonprofit, organization founded by Christine Mwangi in 2014 with the singular purpose of empowering women. Our mission is to provide health and wellness education to underserved women and school-age girls and to distribute hygiene products to these populations at zero cost.
What We Do
Hygiene Product Distribution
We distribute hundreds of product packs to people in the Grand Rapids area each month.
Reproductive Health Education
We offer education workshops on topics of reproductive health, menstruation, hygiene products, female genital mutilation, pain management remedies, and menopause.
We are ambassadors of eco-friendly product solutions such as cloth pads and menstrual cups. Access to these is afforded to all participants, free of charge, through our partners.
Period poverty is a situation where a person does not have access to traditional products (such as pads, tampons, pantyliners) to manage menstruation. In addition, the person can't socially and culturally afford to tell anyone about these barriers to period management because of the stigma surrounding menstruation.
If someone can't afford food, they can't afford sanitary protection.
Be a Rose aims to disrupt the cycle of poverty and shame that many people, young and old, experience due to a lack of reproductive health education and limited access to hygiene supplies.
the cost of a lifetime’s worth of tampons for 1 person
1 in 5
people have missed school as a direct result of period poverty
Be A Rose
Rose is Christine Mwangi's paternal grandmother and key source of inspiration. Her encouragement and spiritual guidance steadied Christine through challenging times, specifically during Christine's graduate work in pharmaceutical science. Rose has worked hard to continue her lineage of strong, intelligent women, and now, Christine seeks to be a Rose to other women by offering the hope of a brighter future amidst challenging circumstances.
In the News
April 22, 2019
Featured on Capital News Service, an interview on Tampon tax relief once again under consideration in Michigan.
April 3, 2019
Mentioned on WGVU Radio with Shelley Irwin, GVSU Student organizations donating hundreds of personal women’s health kits to Be a Rose.
March 22, 2019
Featured on GRCMC, Catalyst Radio: Be A Rose.
January 3, 2019
Featured on Women’s Lifestyle Magazine, Be a Rose Presents: Women Everywhere.
July 30, 2018
Featured on Stateside Michigan Radio, our local NPR news station.
June 11, 2018
Featured in GRMag.com - Be a Rose Tackles 'Period Poverty' & Women's Healthcare.
April 6, 2018
Featured in Episode 5 of Taking The Middle Seat Podcast. Host Andrea talks to Be a Rose Founder Christine Mwangi about Period Poverty.
January 26, 2018
Featured on a Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
December 9, 2017
Featured on VOICES at WKTV Studios. Christine shared how she started Be a Rose.
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.
In Paul Mbiu 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. This injustice is largely due to myths and misguided cultural understandings of blood and menstruation. In order to dispel such myths, Paul Mbiu 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.