I’m following Krochet Kids for a few years now. These fabulous young guys from the US did a volunteer program in an orphanage home in Northern Uganda, a few years ago. They noticed that all the people are depending on aid, on help from others. As surf dudes they always crocheted their own hats and so they thought; give the ladies a hook, train them, give them a job and mentor them to independence.
In 2007 they started in Northern Uganda with ten ladies. Now they give jobs to over 120 woman! In 2008 there were 2000 hats made, in 2011 over a hundred thousand. 92% of their profits goes into Krochet Kids. Over 431 children can go to school because of the crochet jobs Krochet Kids provides.
A year ago, with a KickStarter project, they managed to set up a new project in Peru and new hats are knitted and hand loomed by twenty four women.
Krochet Kids works with a very simple plan. Quoted: “We provide a job so that women can meet the present needs of their families. We educate them so that they develop beyond the need for outside aid. We provide mentorship to help each lady plan a unique and sustainable career path for the future.”
I’m so much in love with the way they work. I so believe in the way they work. It’s a kind of development aid but a constructive one. Something that works in the long run, not the short one. It’s like with that saying: either give the man a fish, or learn him how to fish? Give people/woman a job, educate them, pay them fair, give them a voice, the feeling of being independent instead of reliant on aid and mentor them to get their lives back.
Hope, hope, hope to set up a project alike, ones. Not so big!! But just a small project to give something back, make a change for a few woman…
Please check out these, one of a kind videos, Krochet Kids made.
Meet the guys, the women, hear her story and see the change.
Pure, transparent, touching, sweet and happy.
who is krochet kids
I’m made better by it
the story of Akello Welsy Olara
the power of thank you
all pictures belong to Krochet Kids; Buy a hat, Change a life