Tsunami – help from a sewing machine?
I’m sure many in the home sewing community have been following the terrible news from the Indian Ocean just as I have. So many heartbreaking stories and pictures of unimaginable destruction have prompted me to make donations to UNICEF and the Red Cross. I know that the money will be used to provide immediate relief in the efforts to provide the victims with medical care, clean water and food. However a recent internet article on the BBC really struck a chord with me. How are many widows and orphans going to provide for themselves after the major relief efforts are over?
You might like to read the same article. I’ve excerpted the heart grabbing paragraphs.
Tamil women face up to survival
Women in northern Sri Lanka who survived the tsunami need help to pick up the
pieces, reports the BBC’s Frances Harrison.
< http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/4151839.stm >
For her friend, Viyadiyandani, one of the most upsetting things, though, was the loss of her sewing machine.
The village of Vathiragan lies in ruins
“When my daughter was about four or five I worked really hard for three years doing manual labour and I saved a little money to buy a sewing machine,” she recounts.
She worked as a tailor. “I thought with that machine I could manage a very good future for my daughter so I was happy and returned to my own village to live.”
Away with the sewing machine went her future.
“Away with the sewing machine went her future.” Those are awful words.
How can we help this woman regain her future? How can we help others like her, for whom a sewing machine can mean feeding a family for years to come? Does anyone know of any group or charity that can be contacted about providing female heads of household with the life giving gift of sewing machine? I’m ready to contribute.