On the weekend of 6-8 December 2019, XStitch once again fulfilled part of their mission by “Making a Difference One stitch at a time” when they embarked on a trip to Zoar to train some 78 ladies from the community to crochet.
Zoar is confirmed to be the poorest community in the Western Cape. This rural town is 340km outside of Cape Town and has a population of 4659. This is mostly a farming community and they are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts. As this is a farming community, most of the workers have been affected by the drought and the unemployment rate is very high.
There were 12 XStitch Trainers who assisted with the training. Of the 78 ladies who attended the training, only 60 of them persevered to the end. A total of 58 caps were completed.
The excitement on their faces when they completed a cap …. priceless!
What a humbling experience. To be part of making a difference to the lives of these women – listening to their life experiences and sharing a word of encouragement, their stories of hope whilst sharing skills – absolutely amazing and life-changing. Some of them received the biggest gift – a new skill – to be able to crochet and to read from a pattern – and for the XStitch Trainers, the gift of being able to teach a skill.