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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Group distributes nets, brings back 1,600 new bracelets!

Kairos Founders, the Morris' and Penningtons led a group of 19 from Tulsa to Ghana, September 8-17 to distribute nets provided by Kairos 10 purchases.  Four medical clinics were offered in four different villages in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, north of Kumasi, and west of Lake Volta.  Three of the villages were Kwampe, Zabrama, Tanoanu. In each of these villages, patients were seen in clinics by a doctor, treated for various illnesses and ailments, and mosquito nets were distributed, especially to families with expectant mothers and children under the age of 5.  In three of the four villages, malaria was very widespread, even among some children as young as 2 and 3 years.  The group was heavily impacted by the needs seen in the villages.

The group also had the opportunity to visit both Tet's Bead Industry, as well as TK's Bead Industry.  Both of these local bead makers specialize in making the recycled glass beads which are found in Kairos 10 bracelets.  The process of making the beads is lengthy and involves pounding used glass bottles into fine powder, pouring the powder into molds, adding powder pigment, firing the beads in a clay oven, and finally shaping and hand-polishing them. Kairos beaders worked diligently throughout the week and were able to complete over 1600 bracelets which are now in the US!  New creations includes bracelets featuring school colors with hand-painted beads, and many new colors and new beads. 

Overall the trip was a success and God continues to grow and bless the efforts of Kairos 10, as many more people receive protection from malaria and hope for their villages. 

Recycling glass for beads
Pouring glass powder into molds to be fired

Coming home with Kairos luggage!


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