These are the women of the God Given Gift Group. They are mothers and grandmothers of disabled children who attend the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Center in Livingstone, Zambia. In 2011 I spent three weeks working with them to develop a doll that could be made entirely by hand, and could be sold for enough money to make an economic difference in their lives. They have grown into a true cooperative, sharing the work and profits from the sales of their Zambezi dolls.
With money in their bank account they can now pay rent, clothe and feed their families and get basic medical care. Most importantly to them, they can now pay to send their other children to school. The Mama Bakhita School for the Disabled is free for low income children, but all other schools , including public schools, have tuitions and expenses. Education for their children is their most fervent desire.
You can buy these dolls directly from their own website:
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Cupid and Psyche Puppet Show raises funds for disabled children in Zambia
On Tuesday, July 2, at 7pm Spindrift Marionettes will be presenting an original musical puppet show of Cupid and Psyche, a 2000 year-old tale of love, jealousy, betrayal and courage. For people over seven years old.
At the Old Grange Hall in West Tisbury for one night only.
This will be a fundraiser for the Mama Bakhita Center for Disabled Children in Livingstone, Zambia.
$10 , $25 for families
info: 508 693 4059
These are the women of the God Given Gift Group. They are mothers and grandmothers of disabled children who attend the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Center in Livingstone, Zambia.In two year’s time they have grown into a true cooperative sharing the work and profits from the sales of their Zambezi dolls and crocheted bags. With money in their bank account they have loaned to each woman enough to start a small business, paid back with a small interest, effectively running their own in house micro lending bank. Selling vegetables, charcoal, dried fish, or handmade goods, they can now pay rent, clothe and feed their families and get basic medical care. We are all very proud of what they have accomplished.
It all started with the creation of the Zambezi Doll Project in 2010.