POPUPJournal Entry for May 28th
POPUP is an empowering the disempowered organization. The program is aimed at restoring lives through skill training. Not only does the program equip individuals with practical skills like communication skills and time management skills, and they are taught that their lives have purpose. The center is also home to POPKids. Children between the ages of 1 and 5 years-olds attend from areas surrounding the inner city of Pretoria. Their home lives are normally poor, unsafe and dirty. The children spend their day in an environment where they are safe, loved and cared for. POPUP also has a solid connection with the Makhulong program at Edendale.
We were given a tour of the entire center, were treated to freshly baked confections made by the catering class, listened to beautiful singing by the students from the life skills seminar class and bought baskets and wooden frames from recent graduates of the arts and crafts program. We also had the opportunity to share samples of the story-quilts, and we explained how they will be displayed in many venues upon completion. The group was most impressed with our work, and encouraged by our generosity to give to local groups and communities.
Mary, Patti, Jean and Dianne provided two morning sewing sessions for the students at the POPUP site. Since all the members of the class had already made fabric bowls on a previous morning with us, we decided to have a casual sewing day. Jean showed them how to make yo-yo’s which they could use to embellish any number of things. Patti worked with eight women to make pillowcases. They really enjoyed themselves.
After a lunch break, we showed them techniques for hand sewing if a machine is not available. We showed them how to hand piece, hand quilt and hand bind.
We really felt that at the end of our time with them they could take all they learned and realistically put it to use. This was a goal we set, and from the feedback we were successful. It was very rewarding for us to work with these talented people who will make a difference in others lives by passing on what they learned. Some were excited to create some new products to sell to help support their families. This experience was a wonderful way to exchange ideas and share knowledge.