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Sydney Goes for a Degree

by Marsha Winsryg

AACDP show - 065In 2007, Sydney Mwamba wrote and asked me to sponsor him in a business diploma program. His aunt makes crafts for me, so I asked her if Sydney was a good bet. She replied enthusiastically “Sydney is the hardest working young man and best student in our village.” So began an association that has grown into a kind of partnership.

Sydney checks out and sends the crafts, oversees quality control, manages crises and keeps me generally informed about our people and projects in Lusaka and Livingstone. He has used his training and exceptional people skills working with the AACDP.  Now he is going to University to get that final degree that says you are serious about your field. It isn’t easy to get $5000 a year together for most Zambians, 80% of whom are way below the poverty line. Scholarships are rare and limited. But we are putting our eggs in this Indiegogo basket and hope for the best. Please give Sydney a chance.

With this degree he will be qualified to start up a craft export business in Livingstone, Zambia in collaboration with the AACDP. We hope to train and hire handicapped people as well as others, perhaps incorporating a worker-owned agenda. Employment is one of Zambia’s greatest needs, and hiring the disabled is even rarer. Sydney is smart, hardworking and eminently suited for this task.

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Zambezi Dolls: Made in Zambia

by Marsha Winsryg

Zambezi Dolls: Made in Zambia

The ladies who call themselves the God Given Gift Club met with me today at the Mama Bakhita Center bringing with them a mountain of dolls that they have been working on for the past few months in anticipation of my coming and buying them. My goal is to work on each one as needed to make her as attractive as possible, adding earrings on some, redoing stern eyebrows on others, tacking down strands of yarn hair, adding a bit of lace or a ribbon sash. We have two weeks to tweak 75 dolls. These ladies are motivated as well as very skillful.

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AACDP has a cute little store again this year in Edgartown, across form Town Hall, thanks to Barbara Courtney. Below is a sampling of the new Kikoy cloth we have. Please stop by and see all the lovely, handmade crafts that are supporting disabled children, educational grants, women’s income projects and artisan’s families in Zambia.

Opening this Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30.

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What makes Christmas?

by Marsha Winsryg

Rwandan orphans celebrate Christmas

Christmas celebration at OVC

It seemed like there would be no food for a Christmas celebration this year at the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Home in Kigali, Rwanda. Never mind presents, just enough money for a good meal was what Emmanuel Uwamahoro was searching for.


So he searched the internet for anyone who could possibly help and managed to find us at the African Artists Community Development Project. We sent word out as best we could and posted on his Facebook page asking for donations. Enough money came in for a lovely celebration.

orphans celebrate christmas

cabbage relish

How can we help Emmanuel take care of his 100 children?

orphans celebrate christmas

Christmas cake

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