Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Workshop Ends

So the workshop has come to an end. The participants have been presented with certificates, prizes have been given and we can't help feeling enormously proud of what each of the members of the Bitengye Designers has accomplished in the last 2 1/2 weeks. It was an emotional good-bye as they left for their homes - clearly the time they spend together here in Mbarara is a highlight of the year for them. It's a novelty for them to stay in accomodation with meals provided and to learn something new, and a welcome break to be able to leave their usual responsibilities behind them for awhile. The relationships between the women are stronger, and they certainly occupy a special place in our hearts. All twelve women are more committed than ever to their work, and having seen the changes a little income can make, are keen to continue the work they have begun. As for us, we are already beginning to plan for next year.


  1. Congratulations to all the ladies who have once again taken part in this project---to the students who wanted to learn, and to the leaders who have given so much of their time and energies to help and instruct the students! A fulfilling and worthwhile project for everyone!!
    E.O., Canada

  2. Pippa and friends, wondering giving of your skills, time and love. Your fondness for the women is so apparent in your blog. Thanks you so much in keeping us informed.
    Trudy Jaskela, North Vancouver, BC