There is an old saying “Give someone a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach someone to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” It is this basic principle that is behind FOVC’s (Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children) widow’s program. The idea is that if we can teach widowed mothers skills that they can use to support their families, then the families can stay together. And they can raise money to help other struggling families. And then those families won’t struggle, and then they can help others. And so on and so forth.
The amazing Team Tasfa just returned from Ethiopia and one of their many donations to FOVC was this sewing machine for the widow’s program.
This is a picture of Beauty, one of the widowed mothers in Shanto, learning to use the machine. When I saw this picture and learned of the widow’s program I thought to myself – WE CAN DO MORE!!!
And we can. If we buy more sewing machines for the widows of FOVC, then they can sew crafts that we can sell here. We can then send them the proceeds, which will allow them to buy more fabric (and more sewing machines) so that other families can also get involved. Before we know it the ladies of Shanto will be supplying the entire US with all of our craft needs!
Since I will be in Ethiopia in March, and will hopefully see Desalegn (FOVC’s director), I would like to bring money for FOVC to buy more sewing machines at that time. This means we don’t have a lot of time folks. We need to raise $500 to buy 2 machines (and $100 of fabric) in the next few weeks. But I know we can do it with your help.
On Sunday, February 13, at 3:30, we will have a wine and cheese reception at Katie Bell’s house in Louisville. This will be a great time to not only schmooze with other adoptive parents and like minded supporters, but to see some pictures of FOVC and hear about the amazing work they are doing. We will be selling authentic Ethiopian coffee and other small Ethiopian artificats in order to raise money to buy the sewing machines for the mamas.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to come, need directions, or want to help out in any way. All are welcome.