Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Seaton woman appeals for sewing items for needy people in Tanzania
A Seaton woman is appealing for sewing items to take on an aid mission to Africa.
Julia Ostler, of Harepath Road, is planning a second visit to Tanzania, next year, to work with Orphans in the Wild – a small charity situated in a beautiful but very remote region which has been ravaged by the affects of HIV/Aids.
The charity runs an orphanage for up to 80 children and an outreach programme focusing on health and education.
Julia, 66, is going to teach English and work with the on-site Threads of Hope Sewing School which offers young disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a living.
Now she want Herald readers to donate any unwanted sewing items for her to take – things like dressmaking scissors and paper patterns which are in very short supply there.
Julia looked for a challenge after the death of her architect husband Barry – a member of one of Seaton’s oldest families -- some three years ago.
She discovered that Orphans in The Wild is a small charity which is making a big difference in the lives of people living in the remote southern highlands of Tanzania in the region called Mufindi where the nearest medical facility is a two walk away.
Julia went on a fact finding mission to the orphanage in January and was so impressed with what was being done there she has decided to devote more time to the cause.
She said: “Orphans in The Wild is working with the proud and independent people to combat the affects of HIV/Aids on their community and to restore it to health and self-sufficiency.
“The sewing school on site takes young people from the orphanage and the wider community as well. It’s all part of encouraging self sufficiency – income generation is one of the most important things.”
Anyone with sewing items to donate should contact Julia on 01297 23647 or e mail her at email@example.com