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Old 07-10-2012, 06:18 AM
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One of my former 4-H students, now a grown woman with a child of her own, will soon leave for an extended (3 years) mission trip to Uganda. I mentioned community quilts, and several articles I've read about tribal independence, and self sufficiency among the women based upon sewing projects. Now, I can't seem to find any of the articles. Any one remember reading about quilted yurt doors, and village sales of hand sewn articles? How about the logistics of donated sewing machines and fabric? (Darn, didn't think I'd need that information, so didn't flag it.)

Help from minds which are more crisp than mine would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:33 AM
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According to my daughter who has been to Uganda area twice, the machines that are used are treadles--no electrical. She has taken dresses for the village she went to and they were much appreciated. Hope this helps a little in your plans.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:40 AM
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My daughter also said it is cheaper to buy sewing machines there than to buy here and take them. She bought a treadle for $80 for the group in the village. I think it is a wonderful thing your friend is doing.
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:36 PM
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I agree with Greensleeves. Our church sends a mission group to Uganda at least once/year. They brought sewing fabric once, but it is extremely heavy. The ladies where they go also use treadles. We have sent the little dresses several times, and they are enjoyed by the villagers. Our mission team always brings back handmade items to be sold.

A 3 year mission will be quite an experience. She will be an expert on what is needed quickly and will be able to share it with congregations supporting that ministry.

You are wonderful for helping her with ideas.

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Old 07-11-2012, 05:27 PM
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i work with an organization that does mission work in Kenya, Liberia, Ethiopia and Ghana. Small things that are very appreciated are the toiletries that hotels hand out here, tooth brushes, pencils, paper, crayons and other school supplies. Schools aren't free there, parents have to pay tuition and buy all supplies themselves, which is a real hardship for many of the rural families. It is cheaper to buy the treadles there than to ship donated machines. It is possible to buy fabric, which is heavy to ship,in the large towns. other tools for self sufficiency are desirable: crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn, sewing needles ( hand sewing needles) and thread, buttons, zippers. Pretty things are very appreciated as well. Just remember, that most things will need to be washed by hand with soap that is pretty harsh and line dried.
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