My lenten project to complete, for the Addis Adaba Fistula Hospital. A hospital that cares for women with childbirth and related injuries, located in the capital of Ethiopa.
This is the shawl that I am making to donate to the Addis Adaba Fistual Hospital in Ethiopa. A mom of a friend of mine, once mentioned a book her book club was reading. It is called "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". It is about how women are treated around the world, it is heart wrenching and I could only read a little at a time. One chapter was about women who have injuries related to childbirth that a simple surgery can fix, but does not happen. One injury is a fistula, and the women leak urine until surgery fixes the problem. Since they leak, they smell, and the family and village shuns these women to leave outside the village. They do not receive this simple and humane healthcare because of how women are viewed and treated, and the unavailability and cost of healthcare. This hospital provides the healthcare needed for these women. And shawls can be donated. So, this mom of a friend's book club decided to knit shawls. She and I partnered together. She bought the yarn, and I am knitting it. I am sure that the cost of the yarn to make this lovely shawl probably totals a year's salary for any of the women in this hospital. A May completion date is coming fast, so I am knitting like crazy; I have to get it done!
Every stitch is a true joy!