“I have been so blessed, I love to have the opportunity to support others when possible,” reads an email we received from an American woman named Colette last month. Colette is an artist who makes beautiful cards and prints by hand and sells them on Etsy at Raw Art Letterpress.
She contacted us hoping to donate some very uplifting prints to the ladies of our Kenya center—and also to raise money for our sewing machine program, a fund which helps our women buy sewing machines for themselves. This gives our ladies the freedom to work from home while taking care of their families rather than make the (often long) trek to Amani every day. That means more room for even more trainees. We also use this fund to give our new centers sewing machines.
“My interest in this project comes from my love for Africa – Kenya has a big place in my heart,” writes Colette. “My first visit to Kenya and Tanzania was in 1975 when I was 7 years old. My sister had read Joy Adamson’s books and wanted to see the lions and Kenya. My family wasn’t wealthy, but my dad worked for the airlines. My mom stayed at home with us, but sewed many hundreds of Christmas ornaments and dolls which paid for all of our expenses when we got to Kenya (my dad stayed home!).”
Colette has been back several times over the years, but remembers how she got there. “Sewing brought me to Kenya and now I would like to give something back, so I am offering this print to help raise funds for the Sewing Machine Project.”
Today, Colette has decided to use her talent to give back by doing a fundraiser for us!
60% of your purchase price of the ‘Jambo Amani‘ print will be donated to the Sewing Machine Project. Also, 15% of the purchase price of any other items purchased with your ‘Jambo Amani’ print will be donated as well.