In just under 4 weeks, the “She is Priceless” campaign will be happening. This one-day event is designed to raise awareness and funding for marginalized women all over the world. To spread the word, participants simply take a selfie of themselves wearing a pearl, then share it on social media, linking to the “She is Priceless” website. It’s a beautiful way to remind ourselves just how priceless these women are – regardless of the circumstances they live in – and to help meet their needs.
Mercy House Global
One of the ministries funded by this campaign is Mercy House Global, a rescue and ministry home for pregnant teens in Kenya. To Work with My Hands has had the joy of being a part of partnering to help support the work there for over two years, and it’s been thrilling to watch it grow and successfully meet the needs of hurting young women in some of the most devastating situations imaginable.
These girls are rescued from abuse and circumstances that are difficult for us to even imagine. According to Mercy House Global’s site:
- Annually, 21,000 women are hospitalized from having an illegal, unsafe abortion in Kenya. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
- Abortion is a volatile topic in Kenya.
- 13,000 Kenyan girls are kicked out of school for being pregnant. (Center for Reproductive Rights)
- 25% of pregnant women in Kenya are HIV positive (ObGyn in Kenya)
- Every 30 minutes, a woman is raped in Kenya. (Nairobi Women’s Hospital)
- Mothers often force their daughters into trading sex for food in the slums (CNN)
- More than 20,000 children are sex trafficked in Kenya (Human Trafficking)
- 1500 women die in childbirth every day across Africa (WHO)
A pregnant Kenyan teen is in desperate need. When Mercy House steps in, it seeks to minister to her entire life and equip her for a successful future. They do this by focusing on four areas:
- Physical needs – The medical expenses of prenatal and postnatal care, as well as any special healthcare needs (such as HIV care) are covered. Expectant and new moms and babies are provided a nutritious diet – often for the first time in their lives – and moms are educated on good nutrition.
- Education – Since residents are school-aged, educational assistance is vital. Kenya doesn’t allow pregnant girls to continue their education, so when they enter Mercy House, many have already fallen behind. Mercy House supports them educationally through an initial transitional time of homeschooling, then merges them into a local private or vocational school. If it’s possible to transition back to their families, they will eventually attend local schools near their home.
- Life and vocational skills – Job and life skills are a part of each day’s experience for Mercy House residents. Sewing, crafting, and jewelry-making are some of the vocational skills residents are taught, and learning to cook nutritious meals, clean, shop the local market, garden, handle finances, and childcare are life skills residents learn while participating in the daily activities of the home.
- Spiritual development and counseling – The most impacting and lasting effects on the lives of residents is reaching their hearts. Counseling is available for the traumatic situations that brought residents to Mercy House, and they are ministered to with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although being a Christian is not required to be a resident, spiritual needs are addressed through the church, and residents are required to participate in church meetings to encourage their spiritual healing.
How to Help
The work of Mercy House is growing and ongoing, and is supported in various ways. If you’d like to be a part of this life-changing ministry, here’s some ways you can become involved:
(some links are referral links)
- Pray. The needs in the lives of these young women and their children are tremendous. Our faithful prayers for them and the ministry of Mercy House is the single greatest way to make a difference in their lives. Follow the blog for updates and information.
- Join Team Mercy. For as little as $10 per month, you can financially help support the work of Mercy House. You can also join the private Facebook group, which offers inspiration, encouragement, ideas, and challenges.
- Shop the Store. The Mercy House store is a global marketplace stocked with Fair Trade items, handcrafted by artisans who have been empowered by Mercy House. Additionally, through Fair Trade Friday, women from over 25 countries are employed to create these beautiful items which stock the store. When you make a purchase, you support the work of Mercy House. Plus, you can now earn reward points redeemable for merchandise when you create an account, refer a friend, make purchases, join a subscription club, host a party, or participate in monthly support of the ministry.
- Join a Fair Trade Friday Club. There are currently 3 club options offered: The Original Box, Bracelet of the Month, and Earring of the Month clubs. Each month’s package includes hand-made items from women who are being paid fair wages and provided safe working conditions. When you join a club, you not only get beautiful products shipped right to your home each month, but you also support the work of making a lasting difference in the lives of women.
- Sponsor a Resident. The need to rescue pregnant teens from the streets of Kenya is ongoing. When a teen is brought to Mercy House, she has the opportunity for hope – often for the first time in her life. Through care and education, she’ll be headed toward building a positive future for herself and her child.
- Sponsor a Graduate. I’m thrilled to tell you that currently, there’s no need for graduate sponsorship! These girls have gone through the two year residence program of Mercy House and are ready to transition back into their homes, access further education, or move to a transition home. Do click over and just look at those faces! These are the faces of young moms with hope and a future. (And join me in praying for Stella and Jensen, jointly sponsored by To Work with My Hands.) If you’re burdened to sponsor a graduate, be sure to check back for available sponsorship opportunities in the future.
- Donate to the Mercy House Wish List. From vehicles and kitchen supplies in Kenya to office space in America, needs can be met through one-time donations. Simply choose how you’d like to help and mention it in the memo section of your online donation.
- Volunteeer. The USA office is located in Magnolia, TX. If you’re nearby and would like to help package products from Kenya to be shipped out to club subscribers, to stock the online store, or for home party boxes, there’s room for you!
- Host a Party. If you enjoy hosting home parties, a home or event Mercy House party is a fantastic way to share products, raise awareness of the work of Mercy House, and earn a free product from the party box.
- Visit To Work with My Hands. When you visit, share, and make purchases through affiliate links here on the blog, you’re helping support the blog, which in turn participates in 3 monthly avenues of support for Mercy House Global. Thank you for helping make a difference in these young women’s lives!
What Really Matters
I share about Mercy House Global here on the blog several times per year because it’s something I have a heart for. Knowing that broken and hurting girls are given hope and a future makes me grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of their healing.
While there’s nothing wrong with expressing our creativity through upcycling, repurposing, and crafting, having a heart for others and making a difference in their lives will last forever.
If your heart is burdened for these young women too, I encourage you to consider how you can be involved in helping change their lives.
This post contains Mercy House store rewards referral links. If you create an account and spend at least $5 in the Mercy House store through these links, I receive reward points for future purchases. Thank you for supporting To Work with My Hands and the work of Mercy House Global. View my full disclosure policy here.