After announcing her intention to launch health and sanitation kits for children a few months ago, 10 years old Jamaican Kailee Coombs has made good on her promise with the launch of her Kai Kits, health and sanitation brand on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Coco Jam in Kingston, Jamaica. With industry representatives from the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Teachers Association, Jamaica Combined Cadet Force, Builder’s Club and the Girl Guides Association on hand, officials sung Kai’s praises and promised further support for the young entrepreneur.
Speaking at the launch, President elect for the Jamaica Teachers Association, Owen Speid called Kai Kit for Kids an important initiative.
“Now we know that the future of Jamaica is in good hands and we need to applaud young Kai for bringing to the fore this kind of initiative” He said.
He further highlighted ongoing water challenges in several schools and acknowledged Kai kits for Kids and its products such as the hand sanitizers as a good substitute in these times.
“I would further encourage several groups to get on board and purchase these kits and give to needy students so that these children can have access to a convenient way to keep themselves free from several illnesses” he added.
For their part, the Ministry of Education commended Kailee and promised further support for the young entrepreneur. Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Mrs Nahema Daniels, while highlighting the importance of the kits noted that “As a ministry we encourage our children to maintain the highest level of hygiene, not only at school but wherever you go and therefore acknowledge the work of Kai Kits in helping our children to keep themselves clean and healthy at all times. We are proud that a young person such as Kailee has seen the need to encourage and promote selflessness and care for others. You have done extremely well …Of course, your family and the ministry of education will ensure you have all the relevant tools for your success and we promise you that” she said.
For young Kai, though she is super excited to finally launch her Kai Kits, she admits that she hasn’t quite been enjoying the many meetings and pop up shops and is still getting accustomed to doing interviews. Yet she loves the planning sessions where she gets to share her ideas and loves to take photographs with her little customers. The young entrepreneur is also looking forward to starting to sell Kits to adults and eventually adding a Kai Kit for Babies and Toddlers.
Mom of two, Caviene Christie, who was at the launch sang its praises and noted that the Kai Kits were indeed super convenient and very timely for back to school. “Above all, I think the idea of the Kai Kit is a convenient way to encourage independence in our children. We should empower our kids in such a way that when we aren’t around they can remain confident in tending to some of their immediate needs. The Kai Kit encourages this” she said.
Mommy Manager, Shanoy Coombs while speaking at the launch further added that the launch signalled their way of just starting.
“Today is the result of several months of planning. In fact, when we just started we wanted Kai Kits to have fully Jamaican made products and we are using the launch as a vehicle to connect with people locally who may make the sanitation products that we feature in each kit.” she said.
She also shared an eagerness to work with corporate Jamaica, varied government arms, NGOs and more who are seeking suitable back to school tokens for persons in the communities they serve.
“Imagine the ripple effect if varied organizations focus on health and sanitation as the perfect back to school gift and are able to present co branded Kai Kits to the neediest persons in the communities, children’s homes and schools with which they are affiliated,” she said.
Kai Kit for Kids includes an external kit that is made here in Jamaica and is packed with nine different items to keep children clean and healthy. The three main products-LemonGrass Hand Wash, Hand Sanitizer and Lotion are products of Jamaica and other items include: Wipes, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toothbrush cover, Mouthwash, and Tissue Pack. Kits cost J$ 2500 and are currently being sold at Monarch Pharmacy in Barbican, Art Connect at Devon House and www.kaikit4kids.com. The team has also been working with several other pharmacies and bookstores to get the product on their shelves.
In the medium term, Kai Kits will also roll out its reorder system which encourages people to conveniently access all the items needed on a routine basis and recycle the travel sized bottles in each kit.