We had our first meeting for Kopila Women's Center yesterday and we were so happy with the turn out. 64 women between the ages of 15-60, all of whom signed up for health, literacy, sewing and business classes. Our sewing machines have arrived from Mia Amicas Globally. Classes begin this week!!! I am so excited for what's in store and all the potential these strong women this will bring to our project. They were standing up yesterday, talking, participating, and sharing their ideas like I've never seen before. They seemed so willing, eager and excited do everything they can to provide for their children and raise their families out of poverty.
The ladies were all coming up to me after the meeting with smiles on their faces and sharing what particular skills they thought they could bring to the group and what their interests were. We were all so fired up. One woman said she wanted to learn how to cook different kinds of foods and make momos. Another woman said she's always dreamed of learning to read and write. Another young girl told me she can't wait to sit behind a sewing machine and help make the kids uniforms and bags. Our big dream is to have our own local store with things that our women make and sell and obviously sustain our school with the clothes and local materials we need.
Right now we've got about a million ideas running through our heads. We are looking forward to sitting down with our women, breaking them into smaller support groups and having them lead us forward based on what their DREAMS are. The dreaming phase of every project is so much fun.
How sweet does our center look? It's coming a long!!!
Special thanks to all of you for your support and enthusiasm of this project! Please send us any ideas you have or other projects you think we could learn from. I'm also eager to show the women inspirational videos. Got any in mind?
Also, this may seem frivolous but it's about 107 degrees in the women's center because it's on the top story and absorbing a ton of heat. I sit in there for one minute and my skin is sticking to itself. I really want to splurge and surprise the women with an air conditioning unit so they have a comfortable place to work! If anyone would be interested in funding or investing in this, please shoot me a line.
You can also check out Mia Amicas Globally's fair trade market place. Items you buy directly support our women's center.
Donations made towards our women's center will go towards:
-Knitting needles, yarn, thread, fabrics, and additional sewing machines to get us started. (All purchased locally)
-Reading, literacy and basic math workbooks and curriculum
-Jewelry making materials
-Stipend salaries to support our trainers/teachers/and leaders of this project.
Okay, I could go on and on but REALLY thank you!!!! #awesome #excited #wahooooo #KopilaWomen #MothersUnite