Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Nadya, a 17-year-old who organizes the distribution of monthly care packages of feminine products to women in need.
1. What inspired you to start Camions of Care?
I was inspired to found Camions of Care after my own experience with a degree of homelessness. My mother lost her job two years ago, and for several months we had to couch-surf with our closest friends. During this time, my commute to school was approximately two hours long. Through conversations that I had with homeless women on the bus, I began to discover the unaddressed need of Camions of Care, and became fascinated with the boundary of silence surrounding the topic of menstruation. When my family regained stability, I was inspired by the women I had met, and with a deeper understanding and acknowledgment of all of my blessings I was determined to give back.
2. Why is your work important to you?
My work is important to me because the drive and passion for the mission of Camions of Care comes from a very personal place. in addition, I know that we are targeting a global cause that affects half of the world’s population. I believe in the organization and the mission because the issue we are addressing is something that is holding girl’s back from exceeding in school in developing countries, and holding women back from feeling confident on their periods.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
Each care package that we distribute contains enough necessities for a woman’s entire menstrual cycle and costs under two dollars. Thus, with only about 2 percent of all contributions going to administrative costs to maintain our website and attain business cards, for every two dollars donated, we are able to serve one more woman. Thus, the money from the microgrant allowed us to purchase the needed items to put together the care packages. We ended our grant period with a large volunteering event with 60 people where we put together over 1,100 care packages.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
Collaboration is key. Building a team and spreading word about your cause inspires others. When you have more hands and more minds working together, you can accomplish more and have more skills to utilize to make a difference.