Innovative and New Projects
The Puppet Project of Threads of Hope
Arequipa Region In 2018 further openness and exploration lead Threads of Hope to a small group of women in Arequipa, Peru. ToH is delighted to announce our newest project – empowering impoverished young adult orphans through the creation and sale of their handcrafts. Each knit finger 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 2018 or early 2019.
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.
In 2015 Threads of Hope collaborated with FINCA-Peru, the leading micro-finance and women’s empowerment organization in Peru. Their whole person aspect of empowering women drew Threads of Hope to them in 2015 when ToH launched its project in the rural Andes Mountain villages. FINCA-Peru began supporting our poverty alleviation grants into rural villages as well as our original project in Lima. After four years of this great support, a new level of collaboration began. In 2019 FINCA-Peru began working with ToH in deeper ways to expand our outreach to rural women, empowering scholarships for girls, equipping educators in rural schools, and launching an innovative livestock project for the artisans ToH serves.