Why put your Kindle in one of those boring plastic or vinyl cases? This beautifully hand-embroidered bag was designed specifically to hold a Kindle e-reader. But it could easily be used as an eye-catching cross-body bag as well. Some may even find the intricate embroidery and colorful patterns lovely enough to use as wall art.
It was made by South African women who are supported and trained in skills such as embroidery and jewelry making by the Kopanang Community Trust. Kopanang was founded in 2001 to help women desperately in need of community support from the impact of HIV/AIDS. They either had HIV/AIDS themselves or were widowed because of it and left to support their families. They not only have to feed their own children, but also their siblings' children, orphaned because their parents died of HIV/AIDS.
The bags are 8 1/2" x 6" and include a 40" strap, fully lined interior, and large button and loop closure.
Women come to Kopanang to share their hopes for a different future by the way they embrace their present reality of struggle and sickness, learning skills that will lift them into a new awareness of the power of community, and enabling them to share their cultural and spiritual stories. They find their voice. The dreams for both Kopanang and Sithand’izingane are big. Mama Paulinah, a pioneer volunteer in the children’s section said, "We must have faith that God will provide for the children." In that faith, the project has grown and prospered through the infinite kindness of our donors. Nearly 100 women in the Kopanang project and their dependents, numbering nearly 600, find life here.
Some of the many services the Kopanang Community Trust provides the women and children are:
-Skills training in embroidery, bead-making, quilting and screen-printing
-Human resource development: communication, conflict management
-Computer training, driving lessons and leadership training
-HIV/AIDS ongoing training and education
-Outreach programme for sick members and their immediate neighbours. Providing some medical support, as well as immune building cereal, vitamins, home visits, and accompaniment to hospitals and clinics, funeral and bereavement support
-A weekly art class for the orphans
-Dikeledi (meaning, long tears) therapy group – a forum for members to share their life stories, particularly their sorrows and struggles.
-A drop-in centre for little ones up the age of six
-An after-school care programme for the orphans or children at risk
-An organic farm, including growing healing plants
-A feeding scheme, 100 on site daily; 400 off-site at schools and the Catholic Church of St. Pauls, Tsakane