|Kwasha Mukwenu tailors modeling their handbags at the craft market! |
They were so proud and loved seeing people get excited about them!
|Some of the tailors at Kwasha Mukwenu selling their handbags at a local craft market! I arrived after they had already sold a lot of purses!|
The disabled in the Solwezi area have grown Holland Disabled Association (HDA)! In 2003, a group from Holland helped this association with start up by building a very small shopping center and guesthouse to generate income. Local businesses pay HDA rent for space. Also, each business is required to hire a disabled person!
Disabled people in Zambia are expected to have no life at all. If a person cannot walk, he will probably sit in his own filth for years! Also, money from the government usually comes from officials to woo people into voting for a certain political candidate. Since disabled people are not seen as worthy citizens, they usually get no government support.
Gift has created his own business, as well, called Kwasha Mukwenu meaning ‘Help Your Friends’. He is contracted by HDA to train disabled people in welding and tailoring. Every trained person is given a job as deserved. It is amazing to see this group work together to achieve the impossible!
|Gift teaching a sewing class! Everyone works so hard and loves to come to learn there! The room is so small and the students and workers have to take turns using the room.|
Now for the big surprise I let onto in the last blog… drumroll please!
|I am with the Co-Founders of Initial's Inc at their conference! Talk about an amazing group of women! Their dedication to help others also inspires me! Looking forward to the future! Check them out: http://initials-inc.com/icare/ |
Buy a zip around bag to help the project while your at it!!
Since Kwasha Mukwenu is a business, this donation will be considered as a loan to be paid back to HDA. This way HDA will have assets to give loans to disabled students; send people for surgery; expand to other areas; and provide people with crutches, wheelchairs, etc.! It will be sustainable and a gift that will empower untold numbers of people to have a chance at life - a gift that keeps giving!
We are on the threshold of finding an organization in Zambia to manage this project. Once the details are settled I will tell you more!
|Using their own resources, they make and repair mobility aids for persons with disabilities in the community. Here a pair of crutches are being made. My heart melted when I heard this!|
|This little boy, also named Gift, was able to have surgery and braces on his legs because his |
mother paid the membership fee for him. Several people who also walk with crutches have
been teaching him! Great improvement has been seen!
*Many of these pictures were given to me by HDA. They were taken while I was in the United States! They are just so inspirational I had to share!