Carnival will benefit Urithi Education Fund
Ryan Summerlin September 2, 2014
The Park City Community Church will host a day of bounce houses, games and food at its second annual Kids Helping Kids in Kenya Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The church, located at 4501 S.R. 224, will host the event as a fundraiser to help the Kenyan Urithi Education Fund (KUEF), a nonprofit organization, to support women in education by providing feminine products to local public schools in Kithoka Village, said Andrea Solum, volunteer and promoter for the carnival.
"KUEF’s long-term goal is to make the project sustainable by developing a sanitary pads manufacturing plant in Kithoka Village," Solum said during an interview with The Park Record. "The plant will create all-natural biodegradable pads made from local materials such as banana leaves and fibers."
The project was created because the girls in the village have been missing a week of school each month due to their menstruation cycles.
"Since these girls were missing school, their test scores were so much lower than the boys," Solum explained. "Because of their lower scores, they couldn’t continue their education, let alone get into a university. The bad thing is that this is an everyday problem over there."
KUEF was established by Michigan resident Beth Miller, who has since moved to Park City.
"She’s a member of the Park City Community Church and has set up the trips to Kenya in the past two years," Solum said. "She finds ways to fulfill the greatest needs in the community so it can become self-sustaining."
The different projects include building a children’s home, building schools and creating an in-school food program.
"Soon afterwards, Beth and her daughter Megan began sending sanitary napkins and pads over for the girls who were missing school because of their periods," Solum said. "Unfortunately, the mothers of the girls would use the pads. So the idea of building a manufacturing plant became a priority."
The overall goal is to raise at least $20,000.
"We have held fundraisers around the county and will host one at the end of September," Solum said. "The Kids Carnival is a way for families to get involved."
The plan is to hold the carnival outside, but in case of bad weather, it will be moved indoors.
"We have an enormous space inside if we need to do this," Solum said. "The bounce houses will be downstairs, and the games will be in the loft and the food will be in the church’s breezeway."
Activities will also include fishing ponds for prizes and dunk tanks.
"We’re also doing a candy walk instead of a cake walk, and there will be some bowling, and frogs in a bucket where the kids will toss stuffed plushy frogs into a bucket," Solum said. "Our crafts will be done at little booths, where the kids can make anything they want."
Wristbands are $20 per child, $30 for two. Family passes for three or more people will be available for $40, Solum said.
"Wristbands can be purchased the day of the carnival at the door," she said. "Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted."
In addition to the fun and games, hotdogs, chips, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones will be available for an additional cost.
Park City Community Church, 4501 S.R. 224, will host the second annual Kids Helping Kids in Kenya Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wristbands are available by visiting www.educatinggirlseverydayperiod.com .