In our final couple of days in Nairobi, there was much to be done and many to be loved. I'm inspired by the Desmond Tutu quote, “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”. That’s exactly what we set about doing this week, a little bit of good...... and WE were the ones overwhelmed--by the stories of perseverance, determination and giving back.
We wrapped up our week with washing the feet of the girls in the Mentorship program and then surprising them with a gift of sanitary pads! The girls were beyond excited and oohed and ahhed, and clapped and squealed with joy! It was priceless! Georgia’s sponsor Beautiful Feet gave Cobian sandals to the girls and we washed their feet as a demonstration of love just as Jesus had washed the disciples feet.
Before the conclusion of our morning, we gave each girl a large package of sanitary pads that had been collected for Every Girl Counts by the girls ministry at Brentwood Baptist Church. After graduation from secondary school, these girls also graduated from the program that supplied them monthly sanitary pads and we were so excited to help them in this very tangible way. I was educated on the struggle girls have each month when they have their periods....by a male Swahiba staff member. I LOVE how these young men aren’t embarrased to talk about what girls go through each month, but rather aim to be a part of the solution. Depending on where in Kenya these girls live and what their resources are, girls use anything from chicken feathers to dirty rags in place of sanitary pads which they cannot afford. I’m so proud young girls in Tennessee, almost half a world away, came together to give to other girls in need. Its the ripple effect.....girls in TN giving to girls in Kenya, who were then challenged to find a way to show love to someone.
While the week flew by and there is still so much need, I am reminded to keep doing what I can with what I have. As Anne Frank said, “No one ever became poor by giving” and I am all the richer from the experiences of this week. Many thanks to Peter Abungu and his staff at Swahiba Youth Networks as well as supporters of Every Girl Counts who contributed financially to the work in the Kibera community.