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Colette's is selling a Swahili print as a fundraiser for Amani ya Juu (rawartletterpress.com)
Colette’s is selling a Swahili print and cards as a fundraiser for Amani ya Juu (rawartletterpress.com)

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 and her sister in Kenya (1975)
Colette (left) and her sister in Kenya at a Masaai village. She remembers not feeling very well as her mom took the picture!  (1975)
Colette a few years later with a girl about her age at a Maasai village
Colette a few years later with a girl about her age at a Maasai village

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.”

Stitching is at the heart of Amani ya Juu’s work. New sewing machines are essential for women new to Amani or working at the younger Amani centers.
Stitching is at the heart of Amani ya Juu’s work. New sewing machines are essential for women new to Amani or working at the younger Amani centers.

Today, Colette has decided to use her talent to give back by doing a fundraiser for us!

Colette today, creator of Raw Letter Art Press
Colette today, creator of Raw Art Letterpress

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.

Greeting cards are also available in 3 colors at Raw Art Letterpress
Greeting cards are also available in 3 colors at Raw Art Letterpress

Visit her page on Etsy, Raw Art Letterpress, to buy her wall art and cards and support Amani’s mission of spreading peace through the eye of a needle.

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