Creatively enabling, empowering and supporting differently-able people in the UK and overseas.
Craft Aid International was established by Susie Hart and a team of dedicated volunteers. Popular Patchwork met Natasha Nathan, a volunteer with the group at Festival of Quilts and she was excited to share the work of Craft Aid International with us.
There are three main aspects to Craft Aid International's mission.
CRAFT-BASED SKILLS - Giving people with disabilities ( differently-able people) an opportunity to learn craft-based skills, and use these to serve disabled people living in poverty in the developing world through social enterprise.
SOCIAL INTERACTION - Providing a fun and caring environment in which to learn new skills, interact with others and work as part of a team towards a common goal.
OUTWARD PERSPECTIVE - Establishing craft-based social enterprises in the developing world, to provide training & employment for people with disabilities, who would otherwise be living in poverty.
This year Craft Aid International is planting a new project in Peru
Susie Hart previously founded Neema Crafts Centre in Tanzania in 2003, and was its director until 2012. The centre trained and employed over 120 people with disabilities who were previously living in abject poverty, and has transformed the way that disabled people are perceived in Tanzania.
Susie has recently handed over the management of Neema Crafts Centre and has now returned to Harrogate, where she and her team are developing Craft Aid International to similarly serve disabled people both locally and globally.
Craft Aid International is founded on Christian principles of love, service and inclusion, and serves people of all faiths and none.
Craft Aid is involved in 2 main activities:
Until recently, a third activity was supporting Neema Crafts Centre in Tanzania, through fundraising activities and marketing the crafts. We're delighted to say that the centre is now almost entirely self-supporting however and no longer needs our help, thanks to the fantastic efforts of all the staff there and especially Ben and Katy Ray, who took over from Susie three years ago. We're still here to support them when needed, but for now this is rarely, if ever, necessary.
To find out more, please visit Craft Aid International
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