What does $88.98 mean to you?

MFFO Rocky Hugging HS Girl

How many quarters do you have in your wallet or on your nightstand right now?

Hold one in your hand, look at it and then take a long look at Ann, the beautiful girl that Rocky is hugging in this picture.  Your quarter can pay for one day of Ann’s toiletries.  This includes everything from toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, lotion, nail cutters to sanitary pads, Q-tips,and hair products.

While doing our budget for our Mothers Fighting For Others financial support per high school girl, we listed every  single item each girl will need for one entire school year.  The total for all of their personal hygiene is $88.98 per girl for an entire year at boarding school.

I don’t know about you, but I can go to a pharmacy and easily spend $88.99 on my lotion, shampoo and conditioner, face creme and cleansers not to mention refills for my “Venus” razor.  Of course, this is just one of many times I will buy these over one year.

Or let’s use the popular “Latte Effect” which is the nickname for a phenomenon when people cut back on things like their daily latte at Starbucks during challenging financial time. So, if your latte usually costs about $5,  just giving up one latte for ONE day would pay for:

  • Nail cutter:  $ .73MFFO and Inspire the Child  One of our girls
  • 3 100 Pack of Q-Tips: $1.60
  • Soap dish: $.17
  • 3 Toothbrushes: $2.32

For the past several years I have been supporting Mothers Fighting for Others’ Gift of Education and Inspire the Child programs and Rocky’s efforts to support the precious Kenyan girls she has grown to know and love.

But, until she broke down the cost per girl, I never fully realized how the money was spent or how little I would have to change in my life to support one girl.  $1,500 a year.  Yes, it will mean sacrifices.  I gave up lattes years ago.

All I have to do is look at Joyce’s beautiful smile and I know I will find a way.


5 Responses to “What does $88.98 mean to you?”

  1. Audrey November 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    It is amazing the things we take for granted everyday. The other thing that amazes me is that such a small amount of money goes so far to help the girls.

  2. Doug C. November 6, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

    Diane, how can we help?

  3. Lola Audu November 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Diane, putting things into perspective the way you did in the posts really shows how powerful little things can be when they are done with loving, focused intention. We can’t all do a lot, but we can all contribute a little & it’s amazing how far a little can go.

  4. DianeAurit November 7, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Doug, It is easy to help! You can make a donation by clicking on the PayPal Link or if you want more options drop me or Rocky (headmutha and founder of Mothers Fighting for Others) an email. Thank you!

  5. Noble Turner November 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    You are a Human/spiritual treasure, dear Rocky.
    I love and honor you so much! Noble

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