By Hayley Adamski | Director of Partnerships + Community Engagement
What a year 2020 was! And while the whole world suffered in many ways due to Covid-19, it also gave everyone the opportunity to be thankful for the things that matter most - community. Whether it be friends, family, or your extended community, 2020 reminded us that we need each other even if we don't know each other and that we are truly all connected.
It has been beautiful to see the support we received here at Imani Collective in Mombasa, Kenya worlds away from where you might be through creating and sustaining dignified jobs for 110 artisans in 2020! Even though you may not have met our artisans, you still felt compelled to support them. That is community - because we are not just better together, we are our best.
So, thank you for your generous donation to our dignified work program for artisans this past year.
We truly couldn't do it with you. We aren't better together, we are our best!
We are so excited that we are in the last stages of our new workshop opening. In the next coming weeks, we will be adding some mural paintings to add a spark of Imani Collective branding and goodness!
Our artisans have been patiently waiting for us to move in and have a bit more room to work.
Once we complete the paintings - we will move all of our machines into the new workshop on December 19th.
After we move into the workshop - we then will transform the old workshop into our new feeding center and training building. I will send you an updated report on the speciic funds needed for structural repairs, paint and a new kitchen rebuild.
We are excited to announce that we are on the last phase of our workshop renovation. We have completed the main structural issues and major roof fix. We have added all new elctric work, new stairs and a beautiful coat of paint. Our next steps are to reinforce the ceiling in one area that seems a bit weaker than the rest. We also need to paint the exterior of the building as well as order sign boards and internal shelving. We desire to make this a space that empowers and tells a story from the moment you walk into the building. We plan to do murals throughout the workspace that share our story of hope, empowerment and love. We have come so far from 16 to women to now over 100 and we are grateful to all who have walked with us.
We would love for you to be a part of the final stages and help raise the remainder left to finish the workshop. Our goal is to move into the new workshop and transition all of our artisans the first week of October of this year.
Thank you for the love and support. We look forward to sharing more updates soon and hope that together, with your help, we can finish this project and push to the finish line.
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