News & Updates

  • Looking back, looking ahead

    Highlights from 2017 – Knickers for New Life added two more school partners: Christ School – Bundibugyo and Hope Primary School – Busoro. This added 796 more students plus staff to KFNL’s Health and Hygiene projects. -Construction of separate pit latrines for girls and for boys at each of these schools was completed and celebrated. […]

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  • So, why is water a women’s issue?

    It is a challenge to raise awareness of all the ways that living in the developing world impact people, especially girls. Melinda Gates has delved deep into these issues for a long time, and this article of hers helps shed light on the very specific challenges of girls. It also shows the projects Knickers for […]

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  • In the News: Knickers for New Life ministry giving hope to girls in Uganda

    KFNL was featured in an article on BlueRidgeNow.com: By Amy B. McCraw Times-News Correspondent Posted Nov 10, 2017 Typically, Watha Kollmeyer witnesses a combination of amazement–soon followed by a desire to help— when she tells people that girls in Uganda often remain locked in poverty only because they lack underwear and access to sanitary supplies. […]

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  • Global Handwashing Day

    Have you heard of it? Likely not. Washing your hands with soap is automatic for us in the first world. We cannot remember a time when we did not know we were supposed to do that. Some of us even sing the birthday song or recite some other rhyme to ensure we are sudsing sufficiently.

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  • Join Our Team…

    Knickers for New Life is coming up on its 1st birthday in October. WOW! What a difference one year can make. It has gone from an idea to a 501c3 organization. From a hope to ‘do something’ at one school in Uganda to partnering with three schools with over 1,000 students to improve health, hygiene […]

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  • Once Upon a Time……

    The subject of menstruation is strictly taboo in rural Uganda. Mothers do not tell their daughters, and schools do not teach on it. When a young girl reaches puberty, she is left to wonder what is happening: injury? Dying? A curse? HIV? Myths and falsehoods abound. Poverty pervades life in rural Uganda; $300/yr per person […]

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  • GIRL POWER!

    When first invited to speak at Camp Hollymont for Girls this summer, I was very hesitant. I had only spoken to adults about the stark realities of poverty and disease facing girls in Uganda. How could I communicate in an age appropriate way for them and how could it make a difference for school girls in […]

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  • MEET HOPE PRIMARY SCHOOL

    Adding our third school in less than a year is simply beyond our wildest dreams! Let me introduce you to Hope Primary School Busoro and you will understand why KFNL is so excited to add them to our partner schools. Once upon a time in 1996, a faithful teacher named  Christopher Mwesigye gathered under a Mango […]

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  • OOOKLAHOMA! Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains!

    Knickers for New Life took its first major road trip to my hometown of Edmond, Oklahoma at the beginning of June. Packing over 100,000 beads and all the tools, accessories, etc…was a daunting task that could never have happened without much help from my very kind husband. We loaded our van absolutely FULL and headed […]

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  • Ever take a tour of a pit latrine?

    It is always a banner day when a major KFNL project is completed, and so we celebrate with Christ School Bundibugyo (CSB) as their new girls latrine was just finished! Local builders were hired to build according to the plans provided by KFNL Architectural Advisor, Dale Slusser. This is a great use of our resources […]

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