Introducing myself and my journal: Fund raising through digital assets

titolee
Posted August 11, 2014 from Kenya

About Me:

In my country Kenya, girls miss up to five days of school due to lack of sanitary towels. The cost of sanitary towels is beyond the means of most families. Rugs, old towels and sponges are just some of the improvised versions of sanitary towels used by girls. It is against this back drop that I founded the Imana Initiative which distributes sanitary towels to disadvantaged girls. We also sponsor needy students by providing by paying for their school fees and up keep.

Fulfilling our goals is a financially intensive undertaking. So far, the internet has been a vital tool for the organization.We have raised substantial funds over the years through social media platforms. We have sourced for volunteers and obtained donations from sponsors beyond the confines of the Kenyan borders as a result of having access to the internet.

Our organization is also keen on shifting attitudes in society regarding menstruation. We use our platforms on the internet to educate and raise awareness. We shatter myths. We correct perceptions. We empower women who in turn, empower others. We have gotten in touch with you, at World Pulse as a result of having access to the internet. We have interacted with women in the same field over the internet.

Currently, we are sponsoring eight high school students. We are keen on doing much more as the digital space expands and offers more opportunities for us.

My Passions:Changing the lives of women

My Challenges:Funds

My Vision for the Future:Empowering more women

My Areas of Expertise:Leadership

WWW: Women Weave the Web

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Yvette Warren
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 12, 2014

Very impressive, Titolee!

The World Pulse community is a testament to the potential of the Internet to foster meaningful connections and positive change in the world. What will it take for all women across the globe to benefit from everything the Internet has to offer? If you want to make your voice heard on this important issue, participate in our WWW: Women Weave the Web Campaign! Want to learn more about the campaign before you participate? Take a look at our Learn More page.http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www/learn-more

Your visions are one step closer to achievement when you network in such a strong group of empowered people. You are only one person, but you are smart enough to know that our power is exponential when combined with other powerful people.

There are many sisters on World Pulse involved in providing education and supplies for menstruation. Urmila Chanam, from India is one of them. Olutosin from Nigeria is teaching women to make reusable pads.

You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

Continue to be a blessing. Yvette

Mary S
Aug 19, 2014
Aug 19, 2014

Hi Titolee

I am happy to see that the internet is helping with your work. I know lack of sanitary pads is a huge issue for girls and women in Kenya and many other developing countries, so it is great that you are finding ways to provide them.

Are you providing reusable cloth pads or disposable ones? If you are interested in teaching the girls how to make their own reusable ones, there are already groups doing this in Kenya who may be able to advise, for example the Kenya branch of Days For Girls http://www.facebook.com/DaysforGirlsKenya and there are many websites out there with patterns and also advice on menstrual hygiene education - Please let me know if you would like links to some of them.

Mary

travelpoet
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014

Thank you, Titolee for bringing up this important issue on World Pulse!

I agree with the comments from Mary. Days for Girls is a wonderful organization working on menstrual health around the world. I just went to a local presentation and was so inspired by the work that they are doing. Having sustainable, practical solutions is critical to defending girls' access to education and to hygiene.

Bless you for the work that you are doing! Please keep us posted on your progress!

All best wishes from an American sister, Kristie

Grace Stainback
Aug 30, 2014
Aug 30, 2014

Dear titolee,

Deepest welcomes to the World Pulse community. I agree with all of the wonderful suggestions above, and think that you have made an important step by joining this community! I have found the Imana Initiative on Facebook and plan to spread it amongst my social network! I look forward to hearing your updates.

your sister, Grace