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.Â Your quarter can pay for one day ofÂ Ann’s toiletries.Â This includes everything from toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, lotion, nail cuttersÂ 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 everyÂ single item each girl will needÂ for one entireÂ school year.Â The total for all of their personal hygiene is $88.98 per girlÂ for an entire year at boarding school.
I don’t know about you, but I can goÂ to a pharmacy and easily spend $88.99 on myÂ lotion, shampoo and conditioner, face creme and cleansers not to mention refills for my “Venus” razor.Â 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, Â just giving up one latte for ONE day would pay for:
- Nail cutter:Â $ .73
- 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 programsÂ andÂ Rocky’s efforts to support the precious KenyanÂ 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.Â $1,500 a year.Â Yes, it will mean sacrifices.Â IÂ gave up lattes years ago.
All I have to do is look atÂ Joyce’s beautiful smile and I know I will find a way.