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Marsha Winsryg will be talking about the AACDP, from its inception to now.

She'll be sharing stories about:

  • The Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home

  • Making Art

  • The Zambezi Doll Company

  • Zambezi Communal Farm

Hope to see you there!

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Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20

Zambian Basketry, Tuareg Silver Jewelry, Kanga and Kikoi Cloth from Zanzibar, Mukuni Wood Carvings, Kuba Cloth, Zambezi Dolls, Zimbabwean Wall Hangings

I went to Zambia last January to visit the children at the Mama Bakhita Home and make art with them. It is an experience that I always treasure. The children love to express themselves by painting and working with clay, with no one telling them if their work is right or wrong. What a pleasure it is to see their interactions, and their joy in the freedom to create.

My support of the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home began in 2002. It is the only facility in the Livingstone area that educates and cares for children with cerebral palsy and other debilitating conditions. To raise money for the Home, during my yearly visits I purchase items at the nearby Victoria Falls Craft Market to bring back to the U.S. to sell.

I am having a weekend porch sale at my home in West Tisbury: August 19 - 20. Please follow the African Craft signs that begin at New Lane in West Tisbury to our home at 20 Road to Great Neck.

You will love these uniquely beautiful and useful crafts, and your purchase will help support young people with disabilities and their families.

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The AACDP has sponsored Isaac Oppong's education since 2021, when he began a two year program in building technology at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He recently graduated and went on to another two year program in Construction Technology and Management (CTM). He has long needed a computer powerful enough to handle AutoCAD, a sophisticated application for creating precise 2D and 3D drawings, essential to both the architectural and engineering sides of the construction industry.

In Isaac's own words:

“CTM is a broad program which covers many aspects of the construction industry, from the foundation to the completion of the project. I love being at the construction site and my goal is to become site supervisor for a construction company. This year I became quite good at using AutoCAD. I plan to tutor other students until I find work. If I succeed, I will be able to help my parents, as they have helped me in my life."

With funds provided mostly by a young man who is himself a structural engineer, we were able to get Isaac a state of the art laptop that will enable him to fully participate in this phase of his education. Big thanks!

Isaac & his mother at his graduation

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