Sep 9, 2012

The Uniform Project

Last week I got an email from Beth Kempe, founder of the Uniform Mission Project here in Atlanta. 

She read and saved the story that ran in the Dunwoody Crier about my visit to Kissemah last December, and wanted to know if MOP could use uniforms for the school in Kissemah and the new school in Aiykumah ? I said, YES YES YES.




Yesterday I met with Beth and as you can see from the picture above, the inventory to select from was plentiful.  The suitcases in October will also be packed with khaki shorts for the boys, skorts and jumpers for the girls. We also got a large supply of polo shirts, blouses for the girls and fun t-shirts  I was amazed at how much inventory we had to select from, the quality of all the garments, excellent. Beth said "Mawuvio's could come back any time for additional supplies".  

The Uniform Mission Project began in 2010 when Beth realized that uniforms were being thrown away or shredded, uniforms that were not sold or being changed out in Atlanta area private schools.  The Uniform Mission Project now partners with 13 schools in Atlanta that source the inventory on a consistent basis.  Uniforms from the UMP have gone to many places all over the world, Liberia, El Salvador, Kenya, Haiti, Nairobi and now, Ghana. 

Beth has an email list of volunteers that she counts on to help fold and inventory and sometimes wash the uniforms when she gets a large quantity from the schools. Mawuvio's will be represented on that list by myself and Cindy Shope.  The link below is to the UMP web site.  

Before we left yesterday, we presented Beth with three of the Mawuvio's Outreach Programme recycled glass bead bracelets.  She was very excited to get them and said she will enjoy wearing them and telling the MOP story. 

THANKS TO BETH KEMPE AND THE UNIFORM MISSION PROJECT FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE MAWUVIO'S OUTREACH PROGRAMME. 

WE APPRECIATE VERY VERY MUCH.