Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Botswana Time!

We've done it before, now it's time to do it again! Readers already know that my doctor, Dr. G, founded an HIV/AIDS clinic in Gaborone, Botswana. Last year, I asked him if they treated many children. He said that treatment for pregnant women who are HIV+ is widely available and effective, and so not many children are born with the virus.

Dr. G then said that there is an orphanage near the hospital, and that 85% of the children there are "AIDS orphans" having lost a caregiver to AIDS. Did they need anything, I asked. Everything, he said. This was the beginning of our Botswana project. Friends, relatives and knitters joined me in making warm things for Dr. G to bring to the children.

And let me tell you, we've impressed them! The last collection was a true tower of love - eighty-six hand knit and crocheted items, including twenty-six blankets! Dr. G told me that the children (and adults) in Botswana are amazed that someone in America would make something just for them, by hand. They treasure every item we send, and put it to good use.

Botswana is in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons there are the opposite of where I live in the north. In winter, it falls below 40 degree (F) and no one has heat. Outside Gaborone, it is can be especially cold. So will you join me in making a gift for another child?

What to make: Hats, sweaters, socks, mittens, blankets and toys in bright colors
What to use: Warm, easy care fibers - superwash wool is a plus, but I'll take anything
When is it due? Our deadline for this round is March 13th

Email me for the address to send your items or to make other arrangements.

Finally, a big shout out to my knit and crochet group! These ladies rock hard core, and are largely responsible for the avalanche of gifts last time. Mwah!!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

OK, getting the needles fired up for Botswana ... yay!