Supporting women in Zimbabwe

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Supporting women in Zimbabwe

Post by Minty » Wed May 28, 2008 12:40 pm

http://www.woman2womannetwork.org/pmwiki.php

I am involved with this fledgling network to link New Zealand women with Zimbabwean women with a view to offering practical help as well as emotional support as they struggle living in a country in crisis.

We had a meeting last night and we talked about all sorts of things we can do to help them practically. Initially much of our efforts are going to be aimed at helping children at the Harare Childrens' Orphanage.

We were discussing what the orphanage needs (everything), and I wondered whether I could collect some no longer needed baby or childrens' clothing/gear. Freight is a consideration, so at this stage we're probably looking at clothes that are 'good bang for your (freight) buck'. Singlets, small woollen clothes (it gets cold in winter, albiet only for short period), face-cloths, shawls etc. Another thing the women are very short of is sanitary products. So if anyone has some spare mama pads that they have made, and don't need for some reason, they would be much appreciated.

The generosity of TNN women is becoming legendary, and I never thought I would be asking for it to be extended on my behalf. I do understand that everyone has their own important causes, and that people do what they can, when they can, so please don't feel pressured to contribute anything tangible. Just opening this thread and taking the time to read this is much appreciated. :D

If you have something you would like to send, please PM me for my address. Thanks very much for reading this. :D
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Post by cj » Wed May 28, 2008 12:44 pm

I will try and make some mama pads up,I've loads of material that could be used I think, but it will be a while - can't sew at the moment due to builders taking over my house.

Just wondering if there is a lady called Shupaye involved in this (not wondering because of anything bad, just cos I used to work with her she was an amazing woman and we lost touch)??
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Post by Minty » Wed May 28, 2008 12:48 pm

That would be awesome Catherine! Packages will be an ongoing thing, so no rush. Yes Shupayi is one of the founders of the network. It is her and her sister (in Zimbabwe) that inspired the idea.

We're looking for more women to join us, if you're interested. :wink:
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Post by embejo » Wed May 28, 2008 12:57 pm

I am so please to read about this. I have been increasing concerned about Zim of late. The situation there is awful. I think this is a great idea. I don't have time to sew right now but I could donate some fabric scraps for mama cloth if anyone wants to sew them up?

(I'm running a project for Zimbabwe too.....)
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Post by Minty » Wed May 28, 2008 1:22 pm

Thanks Embejo. :D I can sew them up, if you like - will be sewing some of mine anyway.

It's great to hear you're running a project too! The more people involved, the better. :D
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Post by Happi » Wed May 28, 2008 3:15 pm

let me cogitate on it.

as a church we are part of kiwilink - which has ties in Zim.

as a womens ministry(we call ourselves connections ) we are thinking about running a sewing class for MCN

maybe we could provide the materials through Connections and hold the mcn classes with the sewn nappies to go somewhere like this.
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Post by LaraB » Wed May 28, 2008 3:55 pm

Happi wrote:let me cogitate on it.

as a church we are part of kiwilink - which has ties in Zim.

as a womens ministry(we call ourselves connections ) we are thinking about running a sewing class for MCN

maybe we could provide the materials through Connections and hold the mcn classes with the sewn nappies to go somewhere like this.


I'd be keen to do a day sewing if you need people for that! I have my own sewing machine, overlocker and snap press that i could bring.
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Post by Minty » Wed May 28, 2008 4:00 pm

Thanks Happi and Lara. It occured to me that people may not realise I'm in Christchurch. :D
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Post by Minty » Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:28 pm

Ooops, forgot to mention one of the first projects we're undertaking is a quilting project. The plan is to work with women in Zim to produce some quilts for exhibition.

Not sure whether quilters ever have leftover quilting fabric (I'm guessing you just keep it for another quilting project), but on the off-chance there is someone who *was* a quilter and has now given up :lol: we're gratefully receiving that as well.

Thanks. :D
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Post by 0ebuny » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:42 pm

ive got a couple of mama pads (probly more like liners? about 4 layers of cotton with a pul backing)

if the ladies in zim could use them id be happy to donate them

pm me an address to send them too
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Post by hannah » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:07 pm

hey Nic, I would very much like to help. I can sew up some mama cloth and anything else needed. I'm sure I have some quilters cottons here too, I'll have a rummage and see what I can find. I'm happy to have sewing days at my place too if anyone else is keen.
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Post by Minty » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:08 pm

Awesome, thanks Bex and Hannah. Will PM you Bex. :D

Thanks so much for offer of sewing days Hannah. Sounds like you are a quilter? I have never tried it - too scared - but might have to give it a go for the project. :shock: :lol:
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Post by cj » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:14 pm

It sounds like a great idea to have a sewacino where we sew for these women. I can't sew at home because of the builders and nowhere to do it but I could take my machine somewhere else for an evening.
It would definitely get us all sewing...?!
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Post by Minty » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:05 pm

I would be keen for a sewing evening too. Was trying to imagine the logistics of a daytime one with DD2 (who would be into everything), and couldn't see it working, but evening is another story! :D
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Post by hannah » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:30 pm

Minty wrote:Thanks so much for offer of sewing days Hannah. Sounds like you are a quilter? I have never tried it - too scared - but might have to give it a go for the project. :shock: :lol:


nope I don't quilt either, just amass fabric :lol:

what days/nights suit you guys? At the mo I'm doing a night class on wednesday nights and I take care of the Cats Unloved shop on Tuesdays. Other than that I'm pretty flexible :)
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