Spreading hope with every stitch....

THE BAG OF HOPE ...

A group of unskilled women in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa formed a support group for those living with HIV and AIDS, focusing on the children. They:

  • operate a community center to provide education, support & material help for the needy
  • provide a soup kitchen and feeding program for the little ones
  • create a safe zone for the children - it's a dangerous world for them with no adults to help, support or guide them
  • learned to sew to fund their efforts
  • work - not asking for a handout
  • give hope to the little ones

They epitomize VUKUZAKHE - Zulu for "Wake up and do it for yourself!"  For info, call: (302) 393-6629  Sign up and follow us on Facebookclick "like" - we update the page regularly. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

A BIG thank you to PBS station WHYY for airing this segment on March 21 on FIRST. Please watch, enjoy and support WHYY.

The Bags of Hope are on sale at Anne Jenkins Studio, 207 S. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963
and at the gift shop in the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware

Thurle Jones and Sizacele Cele sewing ladybirds
Sept 2011

One of our stars,THEMBEKA, is now also making her own Bags of Hope to sell in SA - recently she presented one to Janice Lee of the SAGA Charitable Trust in the UK - SAGA fund the Home Based Care program in the Amandawe area. Big WELL DONE to Thembeka!

                            

SUCH EXCITEMENT ....

The community center was opened on Wednesday, 14 October, with a ceremony, dancing and food - a great big well done to all! See under "accolades" for more photos...

                      

    The proud group of sewing ladies and perma-gardeners at the opening ceremony

NEW EMBROIDERY LANDSCAPES!

   

Margaret has just joined the group and has learned to embroider and by these marvellous examples, Margaret has a lot of talent!

Take your bag of hope when you shop or traveL ...

                          PLEASE DON'T FORGET ME!