here - it will make you feel all warm and cosy inside!
When we were in the rural areas in Vietnam, we saw how poor people are in the villages. They really have so little, and it seems to be the women who work hard to keep the family going. They work in the fields, they go to the markets, often walking for hours, sell food on the streets, whilst the men, from what we could see, sit around drinking and watching TV!
The last photograph was taken in a village where the Black Hmong and Red Dzou minority people live, and they really have nothing. The children are rarely sent to school, and we saw small children playing in the mud and animal poo wearing just t shirt, no socks, shoes or pants!
Women working for this organisation will earn more money than the could imagine, which helps feed the families and keep their children in school, ensuring they have better opportunities in the future.
The shop was packed full of quilts, pillows, small toys, and all were beautifully made. I think they are totally hand sewn, but certainly they are all hand quilted. Here's a few pictures
It is so nice to see a project that helps people to help themselves. Not only does it give these ladies a better life, but also gives their children half a chance at a better future. And all because of quilting. We do it because we like it, it feeds our creative sides, it makes us feel better, but we don't expect to make a living out of it. For these ladies, it provides a life-line.
You may all be very pleased to hear that that's the last of the Vietnam pictures (although if you really want, there are still around another 1000 you haven't seen!)