Beads that Bless
The idea for Kairos 10 began in September 2010 when on medical mission trips, children with fevers in excess of 104 degrees were seen clinic after clinic, year after year. Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. The World Health Organization reports most deaths occur among children living in Africa where a child every minute from malaria. This disease is preventable and curable. A mosquito net is the solution! A net can be bought in America for about $25 but costs a Ghanaian one week’s wages. If a product could be sold, then the proceeds could be used to buy mosquito nets to be sent to an underdeveloped country. Thus the idea was birthed and Kairos 10 jewelry would be the vehicle.
In a partnership with Ghanaians, beads produced from recycled glass, vinyl, and plastic are purchased from bead merchants. Kairos 10 then pays Ghanaian women four times the minimum daily wage to make the jewelry. African fabric is purchased and a local woman is paid to sew gift bags for the jewelry. The result is sustainable income for women in West Africa.
Over 51,000 nets have been purchased from September 2010 to January 2018. 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. The average size of a village is several hundred people and as few as seventy-five nets can protect the community’s children and pregnant mothers.
Countries that have received mosquito nets from Kairos 10 sales through January 2018 are Indonesia, India and 8 countries in Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Togo, and Liberia.
And now begins an exciting new chapter. Kairos 10 has joined with The Pearl House, located in Ghana, to take Kairos 10 to new heights. Soon, Kairos 10 will have a new name and its new vision will be launched to empower, educate, and employ young women throughout Ghana to change their families, their communities, and their world.
THE PROJECT OBJECTIVES
The vision for this project is to empower women through a source of income, enabling a different course for their future. Our objectives are as follows:
- Provide a safe and conducive work environment so our artisans can fully develop their career potential.
- Develop specialized skills in our artisans that will carry them beyond the project.
- Generate funds for The Pearl House through the sale of merchandise.
- Provide our artisans with the knowledge of the love of God and through our facility we will positively influence their life choices and encourage them to become independent and successful adults with Christian virtues.
The Pearl House protects, educates and disciples at-risk young women in under-served communities.