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“The most important thing you can do, is do a lot of work.”

-Ira Glass

!BAYUM

mendproject:

Growing Mend
Step 3: Buying New Equipment 
Shopping for new sewing machines should be easy, right? 
Well. It can be, but not always. Especially when shopping in a developing country like Uganda.
Last year, when five new seamstresses joined the Mend family we sourced their brand new genuine (Juki brand) sewing machines in Kampala…or so we thought! 
When the machines reached the Mend center in Gulu - a strenuous five-hour journey from Kampala - we were a little surprised when three of the machines arrived in unmarked boxes. Still, as we took the machines out of the boxes we saw the trusty Juki logo, but Richard, our tailoring supervisor immediately identified that the logo, as well as actual motor and parts, were counterfeits.
This year, as we sourced six more Juki machines for the new seamstresses, we were much more cautious. So Richard traveled to Kampala to inspect the machines and low and behold, more counterfeits. Luckily, he was able to source a new provider that promised to supply genuine machines within one week. A week later Richard was back in Kampala and to our surprise he confirmed that the six brand new Juki sewing machines were genuine. What a relief.
In Uganda, counterfeits are common and we’ve found our fair share of them, but we’re committed to doing what it takes to make sure the seamstresses have the equipment they need because we know how much a sewing machine can change their life.
Thanks to you, we have six new sewing machines for the six new seamstresses. What an accomplishment.

mendproject:

Growing Mend

Step 3: Buying New Equipment 

Shopping for new sewing machines should be easy, right? 

Well. It can be, but not always. Especially when shopping in a developing country like Uganda.

Last year, when five new seamstresses joined the Mend family we sourced their brand new genuine (Juki brand) sewing machines in Kampala…or so we thought! 

When the machines reached the Mend center in Gulu - a strenuous five-hour journey from Kampala - we were a little surprised when three of the machines arrived in unmarked boxes. Still, as we took the machines out of the boxes we saw the trusty Juki logo, but Richard, our tailoring supervisor immediately identified that the logo, as well as actual motor and parts, were counterfeits.

This year, as we sourced six more Juki machines for the new seamstresses, we were much more cautious. So Richard traveled to Kampala to inspect the machines and low and behold, more counterfeits. Luckily, he was able to source a new provider that promised to supply genuine machines within one week. A week later Richard was back in Kampala and to our surprise he confirmed that the six brand new Juki sewing machines were genuine. What a relief.

In Uganda, counterfeits are common and we’ve found our fair share of them, but we’re committed to doing what it takes to make sure the seamstresses have the equipment they need because we know how much a sewing machine can change their life.

Thanks to you, we have six new sewing machines for the six new seamstresses. What an accomplishment.

.i can’t tell you how many times i watch this 

.i could drink a case of you and still be on my feet .i would still be on my feet

.i could drink a case of you and still be on my feet .i would still be on my feet

.show me your teeth

.show me your teeth

.forgotten fun

.forgotten fun

.if my brain were a video

.i might not be much of a writer but that doesn’t mean I don’t have much to say

.i might not be much of a writer but that doesn’t mean I don’t have much to say

.what a friend  (Taken with instagram)

.what a friend (Taken with instagram)

haileymitsui:

Bon Iver

I Can’t Make You Love Me

SO.FREAKIN’.GOOD. - one of my faves!

.he’s an alien (Taken with instagram)

.he’s an alien (Taken with instagram)

.she prefers what’s in her thoughts

.she prefers what’s in her thoughts

mendproject:

Ugandan’s Love Namesakes! 
We’re so excited to welcome an honorary member to the MEND family!  Monica just gave birth to a baby boy, and named him after Mike, MEND’s current Production Manager.  Monica now has five children: Gerad, Sundra, Doren, Ronnie and Mike.  She said that baby Mike is going to be her last child, so that she can support the whole family and pay all of their school fees with the money she earns through MEND.
Originally from Kansas City, Mike Drackert has been at MEND for a little less than a year, but has fit perfectly into the MEND family.  It’s an honor for Mike to have a namesake as it signifies that friendship can break down cultural differences and divides.
Having a namesake is not to be taken lightly - there are many responsibilities that come along with the honor.  For example, it’s customary in Ugandan culture for the person whom a child is named after to periodically visit the baby, extend friendship to the family, be concerned when the baby is sick, attend birthday and religious gatherings, and be a role model and mentor to the baby as it grows. Mike’s also suppose to give Monica a chicken in honor of naming her newborn baby after him – thus the amazing photo!
Good luck to Mike and baby Mike!
-Nikki Day (IC Intern in Uganda) 

mendproject:

Ugandan’s Love Namesakes! 

We’re so excited to welcome an honorary member to the MEND family!  Monica just gave birth to a baby boy, and named him after Mike, MEND’s current Production Manager.  Monica now has five children: Gerad, Sundra, Doren, Ronnie and Mike.  She said that baby Mike is going to be her last child, so that she can support the whole family and pay all of their school fees with the money she earns through MEND.

Originally from Kansas City, Mike Drackert has been at MEND for a little less than a year, but has fit perfectly into the MEND family.  It’s an honor for Mike to have a namesake as it signifies that friendship can break down cultural differences and divides.

Having a namesake is not to be taken lightly - there are many responsibilities that come along with the honor.  For example, it’s customary in Ugandan culture for the person whom a child is named after to periodically visit the baby, extend friendship to the family, be concerned when the baby is sick, attend birthday and religious gatherings, and be a role model and mentor to the baby as it grows. Mike’s also suppose to give Monica a chicken in honor of naming her newborn baby after him – thus the amazing photo!

Good luck to Mike and baby Mike!

-Nikki Day (IC Intern in Uganda)