For approximately 7 years, a group of women at PPC has been creating knit and crocheted items for women4women-knitting4peace, an organization which has provided personally delivered hand-made goods to women, teens, children, infants, and families in global areas of conflict in our own neighborhoods and in more than 65 countries around the world. Our church has contributed hundreds of shawls, scarves, hats, blankets, peace pals, and booties –we are a part of a group of “non-violent revolutionaries – armed with the power of prayer, the skills of our hands, and the care in our hearts united in a compassionate fight for hope, healing, justice and peace for all women, children and families.” We hope you had a chance to see some our handiwork recently displayed in the church narthex.
The announcement of a project for knitting4peace of the need for quilted sleeping mats led to the formation of a quilting group here at PPC. The mats go to orphaned children in Swaziland. As it happens, Allison Nulty who grew up attending PPC is working in Swaziland and offered to deliver some of our mats to the children serviced by the Kukhany’okush Cares for Children Project. This project, supported by the Zionist Church in Swaziland, feeds a daily meal to about 450 children at 8 care points around the country. HIV is extremely prevalent in Swaziland and 30% of the children are orphaned or vulnerable. The meal provided at the care points may be the only meal these children have in a day. A severe drought has caused food prices to rise which sometimes leads to a shortage of food for the children. Some of the children fed may have families who normally farm for their subsistence, but are unable to provide for their families because of the drought.
Allison has volunteered to work with the care project coordinator to develop a database to track information on the children served – orphaned/semi-orphaned, HIV status, schooling, etc. The Missions Committee is going to be looking at the possibility of ways in which we might contribute to the project beyond the mats we continue to make.
For anyone who might be interested in being a part of our creative team, the knitting group meets from 7-8 pm on Monday evenings in the church library and the quilting group meets from 3-5 and 6-8 pm on the last Tuesday of the month in Fellowship Hall.