At the informal settlement near Margate, we came across this delightful young girl with responsibility for the baby. She had a quick and ready smile, but certainly had some pain in her eyes. The baby did not even have a diaper. We would like to provide diapers for the baby and clothing for both of them.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
For girls, we would like to include:
- dress or skirt
- pair of shorts or capris
- pair of jeans or slacks
- underwear (panties, slip and undershirt)
- ankle socks
- sandals or flip-flops
- sweater or jacket
- knitted or crocheted cap
- toiletries ( toothbrush, comb, washcloth)
- toy or game
- The bag to put it all in!
- slacks or jeans
- underwear (boxers/briefs, undershirt)
- sweater or jacket
- knitted or crocheted cap
- toiletries (toothbrush, comb, washcloth)
- toy or game
- The Bag to put it all in!
Gently used clothing would be appreciated as would handcrafted items. Many AC4C members are making sewn tote bags or crocheted bags. A simple skirt can be sewn from a rectangle of cloth, with a simple elastic waist. Please keep on the lookout for sale items.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Every Spring the desert comes alive with wonderful color. This beautiful picture captures the vividness. Do you see why I love bright colors and where I got the idea for the colors of the little girl's dress and bloomers seen below? Just look at the bright, bright blue of the sky.
This young girl lives in an informal settlement near Margate. She obviously cares about her appearance and she has tried to coordinate her T-shirt and sweater. She was also wearing a green skirt. I'm sure she would appreciate something else to wear. What a beautiful smile she had. Imagine parenting at such a young age, living in a makeshift dwelling. The baby on her hip did not even have a diaper. The BPP has a great need for simple single layer flat cloth diapers; each pack includes a single diaper or nappy.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Assembled Baby Packs under window in plastic bags. DH's ear at bottom right; he's unpacking items from the suitcase we took with us. Val took more pictures which she is going to send along with a DVD detailing more of the clinics served by the Baby Pack.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Goal is 90 completed Baby Packs. They typically give out about thirty packs per month, so this would give them three months' worth.
Diapers (flat single layer, cotton or terrycloth, about 30x30), as many as possible
Diaper pins as many as possible
Baby sweater or cardigan 90 (45 girl, 45 boy)
Waterproof diaper cover 90
T-shirt or onesie 90
Receiving blanket (45x45, flannel) 90
Baby afghan 90
Knitted, sewn or crocheted animal 90
Bonnet or hat 90
African animals and birds (there are no tigers in Africa, except in the zoo!)
Lion, leopard, cheetah (goldy-yellow and brown, yellow with black spots)
Giraffe (light brown/beige with darker brown patches)
Crocodile (alligator works for this one)
Flag colours (solid colors to mix and match)
Sleepers with different color arms, legs, cuffs, etc would work great
Black and brown
Mudcloth black/white abstract
Kwanzaa symbols (Kwanzaa is a purely American holiday, but the symbols are good)
Beige and brown
Bright ethnic prints
Nautical (sailor suit, for example, or middy type sweater)
Cake (Arlene’s cupcake hat for example)
Rugby (football prints would work) South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 2007!
Cricket (those of you in the UK or Australia know what this is)
Surfing (best surfing beaches in the world are in South Africa)
This should give you plenty of ideas!
The items will be shipped together via surface cargo, probably in late February or early March.
Local schoolteachers asked Val for help in providing underwear to little girls who came to school without any, being unable to afford even such basic items. Let’s have a special drive for these little girls.
90 pairs of panties (good coverage, not bikini type)
We will also be collecting underwear for boys, ages 4-16. Much debate on AC4C about boxers vs briefs. Any type will be gratefully received.
Goal 90 pairs
They will also find good homes for clothing for older babies and toddlers, gently used are fine.
Siyabonga (Zulu for Thank you) for helping the little Zulu babies
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The contributions are starting to arrive. Some of them will go with me in my luggage on my upcoming trip to South Africa. Val Bailey, who coordinates the project, will be taking me to visit some of the clinics receiving the Baby Packs. I'll post lots of pictures, hopefully from South Africa, if the bandwidth permits.
Please leave a comment or suggestion; I'm always looking for new patterns and ideas.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu
Which translated means "a person is a person through other people." The concept goes much deeper than that, however. Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has summed it up like this:
"Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. When we want to give high praise to someone we say, "Yu u nobuntu"; "Hey, so-and-so has ubuntu." Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, "My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours." ......... We say, "A person is a person through other persons." ..........A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed............What dehumanizes you inexorably dehumanizes me."
In helping the people who benefit from the Baby Pack Project, we participate in the spirit of Ubuntu, and contribute to the common good. We become part of the connectedness of humankind. For someone to say of us that we have Ubuntu is something to which we can aspire.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
- White: spiritual love, purity
- Red: Physical love, strong emotion (heartache, impatience)
- Pink: High birth or rank, an oath or promise (poverty, laziness)
- Green: Domestic bliss (Illness, discord)
- Yellow: Wealth, a garden, industry, fertility (Thirst, badness, withering away)
- Blue: Fidelity, a request (ill feeling, hostility)
- Black: Marriage, regeneration (Sorrow, despair, death)
Young Zulu maiden wearing traditional beadwork:
Amazulu: Green or white (all green or all white)
Golden Arrows: Green and yellow (Yellow top, green bottom, or green top yellow bottom)
Maritzburg United: Blue and White or red and white
Sharks: Gray and black or yellow and black
Bananas, Pineapple, sugar cane, papayas, citrus fruits, mango
Elephants, leopards, cheetahs, hippos, crocodile, rhino, zebra, antelope, baboon, monkeys
Avoid wool, it won't dry easily in the humid climate. Synthetics, cotton, or bamboo would work well
Noodle Baby hat
Bernat Hat and Booties
Coats and Clark Froggy hat
Abominable Baby Slippers
Socks with afterthought heel
Bernat Booties and Bibs
Baby it's Cold Outside
Caron SS Baby jacket
Caron Bright Baby Hoodie
Coats and Clark Toddler Set
Coats and Clark Baby jacket
Coats and Clark First Love set
Coats and Clark hat and cardigan
Coats and Clark Cute as a Button
Coats and Clark Elfin Stripes
Coats and Clark Pretty Baby
Coats and Clark Naptime
Coats and Clark Sunny Outing
Field of flowers
Twinkle twinkle moon and star
Rose Tyler doll
Doctor Who doll
Drops Dress, hat and bag (British terminology)
Uthando crocheted doll
Crocheted crib toys
Crocheted Rainbow mobile
Infant jogging suit
Old towels would work fine as a source of terry cloth.
Fitted or all-in-ones would not work as they would not dry easily, and would become mildewed.
Thanks for helping out.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sawubona Hello, good morning etc ( to one person)
Hamba kahle Go well (saying goodbye to someone leaving you)
Sala kahle Stay well (Saying goodbye to someone you are leaving)
Lala Kahle Sleep well
Intombi young lady
-mnandi sweet (eg intombazanemnandi sweet girl)
Ingane baby, child
Isimomo beautiful girl
Insizwa young man
Anything from P2 . Fabulous site with tons of beautiful patterns. Thanks, P2.
Or Bev’s Country Cottage:
Many, many patterns gathered from all over. We appreciate you, Bev.
Sweet Baby Cap
Ruffled Baby Hat
Drops designs Hat, scarf and mittens
Christmas Pudding Hat
Erssies Easy Beanies
Feather and fan hat
Toque to match Berry sweater
Chevron Lace hat
Lamb's Pride hat
A Little Hat
Latrodectus (funky spider) hat
Cute Converse booties
Lace booties to match Bev's hat
Knitty Gritty Suede booties
Booties to match Berry Sweater
Lace up booties
Super natural stripes
Eyelet baby cardigan
Wee Pocketed Cardigan
Peach Blossom Jacket
Bunny Hop Baby Ruffle
KnitList Baby Coat
Sock Yarn Set
Caron Baby Caftan
Jimmy Bean's sweater set
Moss stitch jacket
Berries and cream sweater
Basic Baby Sweater
Top Down cardigan
Berroco Pie Garter stitch kimono
Teddies for tragedies worked in the round
Garter stitch elephant
Lucy the Lamb
Molly the Mouse
Bobbles the Clown
Baby blanketBear and Blanket
Teddy ( may not be best for baby)
Uthando knitted doll
Blanket and Bear
Cielo Baby blanket
Baby Bell Bottoms
Baby blue jeans
Each pack contains:
a waterproof (vinyl baby pants)
a jumper (sweater or cardigan)
a baby gro (sleeper)
booties or socks
a little knitted toy
Baby Pack Project
c/o Val Bailey,
Shelly Beach, 4265,