Innovative and New Projects
The "Chair People" Project of Threads of Hope
Lake Titicaca Region In 2015 further openness and exploration lead Threads of Hope to a small church in Juliaca, Peru to meet the self-named,“Chair People.” Climbing from the airplane, we arrived in the disadvantaged community that needs so much, hoping to offer a bit of God’s light by supporting economic development opportunities for the people in the little church of Santa Maria Magdelana. Little did we know the treasure of potential and hope that awaited us in Juliaca, Peru. “Chair People” have no social services or safety net to support their life needs. When we learned that many of this group couldn’t even find a taxi that would transport them and their wheelchairs, we knew we were just where we were meant to be, offering hope in circumstances that can seem so hopeless. After two years of exploration and development, ToH is delighted to announce our newest project – empowering physically disabled adults through the creation and sale of their handcrafts. Each small knit puppet has been designed to complete a set of five puppets for various story telling pleasure, from Noah and the Ark, The Three Little Kittens who Lost their Mittens, to impromptu stories of super heroes. ToH anticipates great success when the project launches its first public sales in late 2016 or early 2017.
Entering a college classroom at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, you’d find Special Needs High School Students from the local school district arriving at university classrooms where future teachers are training for their professional careers. The high school students come, excited and ready to receive training for their professional lives. Working in the UMHB Learning Lab, special needs students are logging hours in product management by preparing ToH textiles for sale. Partnering with the Special Needs Learning Lab at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has been one of the most joyful collaborations of 2016. At the end of the semester, the college students have gained invaluable real-life experience implementing job-training skills. And the high school students now have unprecedented resumes, filled with hours of training that will support them in their job searches while boasting immense pride knowing they helped disadvantaged people a world away from them. It is so important for all of us to be able to give to those less fortunate. We all win when we cross barriers and work together for God’s greater good.