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by Shannon P. Marquez, PhD, October 4, 2019
The Church of God and Saints of Christ (COGASOC) through its Department of Home and International Missions (DHIM) has created a kingdom-wide initiative to raise awareness on how we can all get involved in providing a simple and sustainable solution to the health, education, dignity and opportunity, of our young daughters in rural tabernacles in Africa.
The initiative, as its name describes, embraces “Every Daughter. Everywhere. Period.” It is a menstrual hygiene management initiative that was launched as an on-going project in local tabernacles across the USA to develop and donate menstrual hygiene kits to ensure that girls and women in rural tabernacles in Africa can have access to reusable sanitary pads, soap, and other essential hygiene supplies giving “every daughter, everywhere (period!)” the freedom and opportunity to continue their education.
Unfortunately, the potential of many of our adolescent daughters in rural areas of Africa is being limited by barriers that discourage them from going to school which negatively impacts their education, livelihood, and dignity.
When girls and women have health, education, and opportunity, tabernacles and communities are stronger. The initiative is changing lives, kit by kit.
The “Every Daughter. Everywhere. Period,” project was launched back in 2017 and to date, the initiative has engaged Daughters in tabernacles in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and eSwatini (Swaziland), and donations and financial support has been received from 25 USA tabernacles, as well as donors and philanthropic organizations in Africa and the USA.
The Department of Home & International Missions (DHIM) exists to strengthen the connection of members of our congregation within the USA, Jamaica and African countries. Since inception, the Department has grown from a committee focused on evangelical missions to a Department that has successfully increased awareness of member needs and creates initiatives to help bind saints across countries, continents, and cultures.