Many of the volunteers for the HOPE Bracelet Project were unable to help the week we visited because they were studying for 8th grade National Examinations, which was a disappointment to us at first. We were amazed by the speed at which the students picked up the technical aspects of this new skill, though, and their interest in passing on the information to their friends after we have returned to America. The design and color sense of each student was so wonderful and diverse....no different than beaders in the US, eh? From left in the picture are Gete, Agrie, Kidan and Marta. Tammy Cunningham, the co-leader of our illustrious 23-person Share Our Strength group, is appreciatively looking on.....
On Day 1 Devon (standing) did a fantastic job of starting the basic bracelet-making training! We had a few bracelets with lots of Soft-flex showing after the crimps were tightened down and had to do some repair and re-stringing, but it was amazing how quickly the ladies got the knack of it!
We had lots of extra volunteers from our group, as well as some
other visiting Americans that we had just met!
Beads are MAGICAL!
Nearly everyone in our group stopped by to make at least ONE bracelet! We were fortunate enough to have Marta and Deme at "the BEAD SHOP" one day while we were creating!
Noel and Tammy were also a big part of the effort!
(In case you haven't been fortunate enough to meet them, they're the folks in the yellow shirts)
Devon, Tammy and I were SO proud
of these ladies!
Here they are.....
each wearing all the
bracelets SHE MADE!
Gete and Agrie will be teaching several of their fellow students how to make bracelets as soon as the National exams are finished. That group will complete the last of the bracelets.
Click on these 3 images for a larger view.....they're MY favorites!!!
This scene will most likely be in the HDTV
documentary. We're showing the camera ALL those beautiful
Doesn't Gete look Fabulous wearing ALL her bracelets??
Our Inspirational FOUR
We're happy to report
Each of the 500 2003
Bracelets features a sterling silver charm
We are already beginning to plan and collect BEADS and SUPPLIES for a SECOND EDITION of HOPE bracelets for 2004! Michelene has generously offered to create a sterling custom toggle clasp design just for this next batch ....stay tuned for details!
I took LOADS of
Click on the links to pages below to see them ALL!
NOW....Pictures from the 2004 Trip!
including a new TORCH and 1,000 bracelets made this time!