Village Visits, Building and Weaving

Mark and Kirsten with Fuseini in the community house.

Mark and Kirsten from the UK spent the day with Fuseini visiting Sherigu, getting a glimpse of village life. They really enjoyed their time in the village starting from the moment they arrived. The village women welcomed them with their joyous signature singing and dancing. Mark and Kirsten toured the community house and witnessed first hand the progress made on the kindergarten school. Thank you both for making the journey to the Upper East Region of Ghana.

Giorgio and Etsuko in front of the concrete mixing area.

Giorgio and Etsuko in front of the concrete mixing area.

Craft and design researcher Giorgio Salani and his wife Etsuko Ito returned to Sherigu in March to visit the school project. They have a special interest in the project. Etsuko gave the project momentum when she ran in the Accra Millennium Marathon last September raising over £1300. All final measurements and estimates have been completed. This has been a challenging task due to weather conditions (the harmattan season was especially harsh this year). Skilled craftsmen, that are needed to build the pillars and supports for the walls and roof, are in short supply. Nevertheless we have persevered and very soon the walls of the school will rise. Giorgio and Etsuko were  also able to catch a glimpse of the charity baskets they will be taking to London. The baskets will be shipped this month.

Abaane holding a medium round basket bound for Norway.

Abaane holding a medium round basket bound for Norway.

Abaane’s basket is a beautiful double weaved medium round basket that is being shipped to Happy Planet Shop in Norway. Happy Planet is one of our original supporters and we look forward to another year of partnership. Visit their website at http://www.happyplanet.no.

Busy and productive day weaving in the community house.

Productive busy day weaving in the community house.

Elizabeth weaving a small round basket for Women InSpirit.

Elizabeth weaving a small round basket for Women InSpirit.

Women InSpirit, an organization in the U.S. that supports and empowers women globally through education and business opportunities, has been in touch with us. We have shipped baskets to them this past month. Lost Opportunities Foundation is included in their spring e-mail. We are looking forward to hosting them in the village in the upcoming months. Visit their website http://www.womeninspiritinc.com or go to their Facebook page to read their spring e-mail.

 

It has been a very busy and hectic three months. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and kind words of encouragement. Purchasing our baskets, either for business or personal purposes, supports the women of Sherigu and also the community as a whole. Your support keeps the artistic tradition of weaving alive. Every basket is unique and “holds” a story of it’s own. If you ever want any information on the individual woman who wove your basket, just ask! We would be happy to introduce you. We look forward to the year ahead and the continued momentum that the new year has brought with it. Thank you everyone!

 

Would you like to visit us in Northern Ghana or would you like to hear more about our projects? Feel free to get in touch!

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