So much has happened since we started our Traveling Dolls project a couple of years ago.
The main thing is that we found a group of women in Uganda who already make dolls a lot like ours,
run by the friendly Etheldreda Yatuha, Chairperson, since 1995. They are the St. Bruno Doll Making Group, a part of WOUGNET (Women Of UGanda Network).
The mission of the WOUGNET http://www.wougnet.org/cms/ is
|"to have a group of women involved in practical work, to improve their standards of living. St. Bruno aims at encouraging women to get involved in fulltime work and to create women entreprenuers to enable women to create rather than seek for jobs."|
|The St. Bruno Doll Making Shop|
|Mother Doll with Baby|
|Older brother or sister|
St. Bruno Doll Making Group' is a community-based group that specializes in doll making. Rapha African dolls under St. Bruno was initiated way back in 1995 by Etheldreda Yatuha under the supervision of Sister Regina of St. Franciscan Sisters of Nsambya. With the knowledge of art and tailoring, she made a doll which she code-named RAPHA. The doll was made from cut-offs she picked from a tailor. Soon after, Etheldreda picked the cut-offs again and made a man for RAPHA. She also made babies, a boy and a girl to make a family for RAPHA. After 3 years, RAPHA asked for another baby, which she is now carrying on her back. This gave birth to Rapha African dolls under St. Bruno.
As you can see, this will be a great group to partner with. Today, I emailed her our patterns. We'll see what develops.
Meantime, Lizzy and I get together on Sundays at EST on Google+. We are hoping that Miss Etheldreda can join us someday soon.