The idea for Kairos began in September 2010 when on medical mission trips, children with fevers in excess of 104 were seen in clinic after clinic, year after year. Malaria kills one in six children in Africa. It is the result of a mosquito-borne parasite and highest death rates occur in children under the age five years and pregnant women. Mosquito nets provide protection from such a devastating disease! A net costs a Ghanaian 16 GHC or $12 US. An idea for using a 'gift model' that gives 'life' seemed the solution. If a product could be sold, then the proceeds could be used to buy a mosquito net to be returned to the Bush. Thus an idea was birthed that Kairos jewelry would be the vehicle.
In a partnership with Ghanaians, beads produced from recycled glass and vinyl records are purchased from bead merchants. Kairos pays Ghanaian women four times the average daily wage to produce the jewelry. Fabric is purchased locally and another woman is paid to sew cloth gift bags. The results is sustainable income for women in West Africa and protection for God's children in the Bush.
2,500 mosquito nets have been purchased and delivered to Ghana as of July 1, 2011. Kairos collaborates with another Oklahoma not-for-profit, "His Nets". Nets are purchased and delivered to the African port city of Tema for pick-up. Nets in bundles of 100 are of the finest quality and are effective for up to five years because the insecticide is woven into the threads. These nets do not have to be re-dipped annually like less expensive nets. In a partnership with Maranatha Power Ministries, Pastor Francis Odai delivers the nets to rural areas where his church ministers to a village's basic needs. MPM's objective is to drill a water well, build a pole barn that functions as a church and school, and distribute mosquito nets to save lives. The average size of a village is several hundred people and as few as seventy-five nets can protect the entire village's children and pregnant mothers.
2,500 NETS DELIVERED TO GHANA IN 9 MONTHS
|Girls' Vocational Home in Frankadua, West Africa|
TULSA WOMEN VISIT GIRLS RESCUED FROM TROKOSI
In April, five women accompanied Kairos Founders Phyllis Morris and Katheryn Pennington to Ghana to learn first-hand how the jewelry is created and designed and meet the Beaders. As a result of a conversation earlier in the year about the Ghana Baptist Convention's Girls' Home to rescue young girls from lives of slavery, the decision was made to visit the village of Frankadua to deliver mosquito nets to the school. The goal was to explore future possibilities to serve these youth. After meeting with the Head Mistress and greeting the girls, the girls sang and received hugs from the Tulsa visitors. The atmosphere heightened when a soccer ball was presented along with other personal hygiene items which resulted in many cheers from the teens.
Trokosi is an outlawed practice that continues to exist. This home provides about 40 young women housing for three years with education, vocational training in sewing, food service, jewelry making, and other trades, and needed emotional support. The Convention raises $4000 to rescue each girl and provide this training and support.
Kairos is exploring options to employ these young women to make jewelry.
"NET" AN ENTIRE VILLAGE?
These individuals have netted an entire village by volunteering to represent Kairos by selling a minimum of 75 bracelets to friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.
Teri Morris Niegrugge
If you would like to volunteer, please email Kairos10@cox.net
Home K10 Preview Parties
Inventory Receiving Volunteers
McKee & Bowker, CPAs, P.C.
Julia Neftzger, Attorney
All U.S. participants are volunteers and no person is compensated for their time and/or talents. Kairos proceeds are used to save lives in West Africa. Kairos is in the process of completing the application for an IRC 501 (c)(3) entity status.
Thank you for purchasing Kairos Jewelry.
Dr. David and Phyllis Morris
Charles and Katheryn Pennington