About a month ago I received an email that moved me to tears. An email that made it "all worth it". Better than any magazine article, book deal or fabric contract. Something that really means something.
This is what it said:
"Hello, I am teaching some ladies in Kenya how to sew, and came across your apron pattern when looking for easy to sew projects. We modified the pattern slightly - different measurements, single layer of fabric rather than double - but the inspiration is there. I have a photo of the ladies wearing their aprons if you would like to see it. The sewing class is part of an outreach program for disadvantaged girls, as part of Blessed Generation Children & Home (for orphans) in Malindi, Kenya. Regards, Trina."
Here are the ladies wearing the aprons from the free pattern in my sidebar. If I could, in any small way be a part of this, I am deeply honored:
After the ladies are trained they will either work in a uniform workshop or they will get a treadle sewing machine to take back to their village and use it to make a living making and tailoring clothing. I'd like to reach through this photo and give them each a hug.
As it turns out, they can use some sewing supplies, books, patterns etc. However, Trina tells me that the post can be a bit iffy, so I'm going to start by sending one package to see if it gets through. I'd like to make a larger effort. I hope you'll be able to join in. Details will come as soon as I have them.
In the meantime, here is info on the centre.