Local Craftspeople - 

The Weavers and Kippot Makers 

 

The two items made by the local craftsmen and craftswomen are Tallitot (for both men and women) and Kippot.    

 

Tallitot could not be made by our beneficiaries  from home as a loom requires more space than is available in a one-room house; so we converted a shed and provided looms for several men to work together.   The men weave tallitot that we sell through the shop on this website, where we  stock many colours and designs .  To help a weaver and his family, you can also  buy him a loom and cotton for £85, by clicking here. 

The weavers at work.  

The cotton  being prepared for weaving. 

Our Fieldworker, Ambanesh, discussing Tallitot orders with one of the  weavers.

A Meketa tour of Ethiopia always includes a stop at the Weavers  Shed! 

There are many members of the community that crochet kippot for Meketa.   Meketa gives each person a start up pack of enough wool to make some kippot.  When these are sold, the crocheters buy the wool themselves and the design the kippot.  Crocheting the kippot is an enjoyable social activity for mothers to do while keeping an eye on their small children, and provides essential income to their families.       Recently we supplied 120 matching kippot for a Bar Mitzvah!  

 

 

 

Two of the young ladies attend the After School Club, and the third is a member of a sponsored family.   They are crocheting kippot for a Bar Mitzvah in the UK. 

This lady is a member of one of our sponsored families.  She is crocheting for the same Bar Mitzvah.  This was a very large order !

Latest News 

Most girls in the Gondar Jewish community tend to stay at home and miss school during some of the days of their monthly cycle.   They could fall behind with their schooling and struggle to keep up with the class. We have linked up with the Days4girls project to provide girls with re-usable feminine hygiene kits. Seven kits were sent in time for International Women's Day.

We started a new club in Shewa Dabo – an area further out in Gondar where many of the Jewish families have moved to because the housing is much cheaper.  Click here to find out more about it 

Our programme, LIFT, gives direct support to elderly and infirm members of the community living in poverty.  Learn more about it here.

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