Well here it is. The certificate and prize giving out at Manyana Village. What a FUN FUN day that was.
I would just like to say a word about going out into a village and teaching. There is a BIG miss conception here about teaching ladies (or men) a new skill. Firstly we were asked how many sewing machines we needed to hire...... HOLD ON... I will not go and teach these lovely willing ladies how to do something they cannot continue. Most of them do not even have power in their homes, how are they supposed to use a sewing machine even if they could afford it....NO...We will teach by hand, and on fabrics they can afford. The quilting fabrics are expensive anyways, well, add on customs, VAT, shipping etc. One yard is about what they spend on food for a week. We found some good but cheaper quality cotton as well as explaining how to use the dreaded Polycotton. These ladies did these quilts all by HAND. They can also make bags, baby balls, pillow cases...things they can sell in and around the village as well as craft fairs.
Congratulations ladies of Manyana, you did a fantastic job. Well done :)
A special thanks must go out to my mother Mrs Case (handing out the certificates) for it was she that did all the hard work on the syllabus and preparations, fabric hunting....ah heck, she did all the background work to make this happen. Lorato and KT for their skills as teachers. We have to of course teach in Setswana and they did a fantastic job at it. Thanks to Ludibo and the Lutheran Church for funding this program and finding us to do this. You are all stars in my book.