Earlier this year we mentioned that we were sending 325 quilts to Burundi with volunteers from Sister Connection. Sister Connection works with widows in Burundi who are often evicted along with their children from their family home by their late husband’s siblings, resulting in the fatherless family becoming homeless. Sister Connection builds houses and provides other services to assist the women to regain a place in their communities. One of the things that Sister Connection does is to run a summer camp for the children of these widows, and our quilts were transported to Burundi to give to the children attending this camp.
We’ve recently received some pictures of the children who were given quilts. The pictures were provided by Cindy Wincel and Denise Vibbert Patch, and the photography was by Ginger Kauffman, Susan Rice, Michelle Westlake and Anna Patch, 4 volunteers who went to Burundi with Denise this summer, toting dozens of quilts in their baggage. Here are some of their comments about their experience:
- Each one of the 312 orphans who came to camp received a handmade quilt.
- For the youngest children in the family to receive such a beautiful gift was very, very special. Often, the older kids get the good stuff.
- We told the children that each quilt was made with lots of love.
- Every team member brought dozens of quilts in their luggage. It was worth it!
- These kids would not part with their quilts. For the entire afternoon session of camp, they held them.
Here are a few of the pictures, followed by a link to the Sister Connection Shutterfly album. As always, click on the thumbnails for a close-up of the picture.
One of the things Denise mentioned was that in Burundi the custom is to be serious for photos, so posed shots tend to be pretty somber, but there were a lot of smiles breaking through when these children received their quilts! For additional pictures, please go to:
Thank you, Denise, Cindy, Sister Connection and all the quilters who helped to make these children so happy!