Thanks for sewing machines
By Wells Journal | Thursday, November 08, 2012, 11:00
Earlier this year you kindly allowed me space to appeal to your readers for Sewing Machines for Africa.
We had a tremendous response with no fewer than 20 machines and quantities of material being donated.
I want to let all the people know, who so generously donated, that the machines and material are now in Ethiopia and Kenya making a lot of people not only very happy but also making groups self-sufficient and able to support their families whereas before they had nothing.
As well as our charity we have donated two machines to a very worthwhile charity in Ethiopia called Beyond the Orphanage. They are on Facebook and online. A pilot, Geoff Hucker, who worked for Emirates Airlines, saw all the children who had been thrown out of orphanages at the age of 14, on the streets, when he flew in and out of Ethiopia. He now has hundreds of them in centres he has set up. They are attending school and colleges and he asked if he could have two machines to teach them another trade. We thought this was very worthwhile and were glad to help.
Lastly, your readers may well wonder how we get the sewing machines over to Africa and I would say, with a fair bit of difficulty. But the charity, Chain of Hope, flies very sick children to the UK for operations, bringing their parents with them. Needless to say they have very little, if any, luggage so when they are well enough to return we send a machine back with them and arrange for someone to meet the plane.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me space in your paper, but especially all the people who donated the machines and material to us. You have made a lot of very poor people very happy, so a big thank you from all of them.