Last spring, Kay emailed me to ask if she could teach my wrap it up bag to the "tailors" at Musana Children's Home in Uganda, "so that they could make these bags and sell them to benefit the orphanage."
After I answered her back, I didn't think anything more of it, until I received her email a month or so ago giving me an update.
Not only did Kay update me in written form, she also sent along these photos. The first one is of her and Irene. It appears Kay is getting a lesson from Irene on using a treadle machine before Kay teaches Irene the ins and outs of the wrap it up bag.
And here is Irene with a wrap it up bag!
Kay says, "not only are the bags selling here stateside, they are also selling them in Uganda where no one has ever thought of using a reusable bag!
It was sheer joy to teach Irene how to make your bag. She and the other ladies work on really lousy treadle machines with the worst thread tension you can imagine! They use a stick inserted in the bobbin to wind their bobbins! It took me forever to get the hang of those machines. But what fun! And as an a muzungu (white person) telling her, "i sew just like you in america" it gave her such affirmation and value."
Kay, I just want to say how much your email has touched my heart! I so appreciate the time and energy you have/will invest in the women and children at Musana. Thank you for caring enough to involve yourself in others lives by teaching others "how to fish"! And thank you for allowing me to be a small part of it all!
And here's one last gratuitous shot of "Solomon", one of the children at the Children's home.
Happy, happy Wednesday to you all!!