Posted by: Jenny Rogers | August 2, 2012

Zapatos and matchbox cars

Today we went to the Comedor Infantil de Clementina Martinez (soup kitchen). We did have small gift bags for the children (there are sixty who attend daily). The 32 girls got beanie babies and little candies and the 28 boys received matchbox cars and little candies. Then, while I interviewed one of the women (Alma), Gaby and Matthew played baseball with the kids outside. Matthew also took pictures–I have to say I miss grabbing all the shots, but it’s a relief to have someone I can trust handling the photography. He is doing an excellent job of capturing the scenes and expressions that I would like to and I’m grateful.

Alma’s story is parallel to so many of ours, I’m sure. She began with a dream, when she was young: to learn to be a seamstress. Instead, the dream was deferred. She had to quit school after second grade, in order to tend to household chores and help her mother with her siblings. Alma is the oldest of ten. By 18, she was married and later became a single mother of six. Her new dream was to see to it that all six of her kids made it all the way through school and to successful adulthood. In spite of difficult odds stacked high against her, she did it. Her last son (age 20) is finishing Colegio now and has a job. So I asked her…what is her new dream for herself? I’m not surprised to discover that she would still like to learn to sew.

A dream deferred can be a terribly aching longing in the soul, but it’s not too late for this one. We talked about embroidery and making things for the micro-enterprise and Alma said she would really like to try. I think this is a manageable project for KidSAKE.


Embroidery floss and accompanying supplies

Embroidery patterns

Patterned fabrics (pillow cases, hankies, table cloths and runners, bandanas/head scarves, etc.)

Blank fabrics (same as above)

ZAPATOS (shoes)

Alma related one obstacle she had while raising her children: keeping them in shoes. Her oldest son would save old pairs and when the replacement pair grew old, he would take them both apart and make a new pair (very resourceful), but sometimes…her neighbor would give her a few pair for her children after receiving a donation from friends in the U.S. What a blessing. The smallest things can make the biggest difference in someone’s life.


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