Craft Project

Craft Project

Nehemiah 6:9 They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

Over 2,000 people are registered with Kiwoko Hospital’s HIV department as HIV positive. The majority are women. For them to live with the stigma of carrying such a deadly disease is often as difficult as dealing with the illnesses which follow. Many are excluded from their communities, unable to find employment and widowed. Husbandless, friendless and penniless they are now left to bring up many children alone.

The Resource Centre Craft Project at Kiwoko was set up in response to these needs. Around 20 women are involved with the project and meet together every Wednesday to make traditional African crafts. Their crafts are bought by the hospital to sell on to visitors and supporters, providing a necessary income for the ladies, with a contribution to the hospital. (As a not–for–profit private hospital Kiwoko barely breaks even, so income generating projects like this are vital for its survival and the ability to treat those who can’t afford it).

Most importantly, this project gives these ladies a sharing community, dignity and the ability to provide for their families.

Each has their own speciality. Rosemary & Joyce make paper bead jewellery; Sarah, Grace and Agnes make purses from maize leaves; Betty, Dariah and Meridah make bags; Olivar and Jesca make a range of Baskets and pots  and Resty and Josephine make coasters and placemats. All work with a perfectionism and resourcefulness that defies their illness and make them a true inspiration to everyone who visits.

If you would like to order any crafts from the project please contact Tania on crafts@kiwokohospital.org. We can send you photos of anything you are interested in and a full list of all our products. 

If you are based in Northern Ireland, CMSI Marketplace (http://www.cmsireland.org/home/marketplace) sell our crafts on our behalf and can be booked to do a presentation and sale at your church, organisation or craft fair.

Craft Project Collage

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