By Barb Kula, Board of Directors
This was our last full day at Imara House. Everyone was feeling a little anxiety about finishing the work we had hoped to get done. So we all worked extra hard today.
The inventory is 90% done. What is done is clearly labeled and sorted into bins. This system will help Sandy and Carol know what they have, know where there are gaps, and be able to quickly find the right sizes when anyone from newborn to age 20 needs a new pair of shoes or shirt or dress.
Some friends of Sophy G’s (our home away from home) came to help get the cream separator running. The bakers use whole cream in their cakes to make them rich and moist and cream in the frostings. This will make the process much easier.
The sewing team finished the projects that they had started. Evelyn made an adorable little dress for her daughter. She glowed with pride over her work. Roselyn mastered sewing in a zipper two different ways: hidden and decorative. We cut out and sewed several table runners, too. Hopefully each one learned a skill that she can help the other learn when we are gone.
Unless you are here, it’s hard to imagine all that is going on in a fairly small space. The sewing takes place in a 12 x 12-foot room, with all walls lined with shelves that store baking supplies, school materials towels, diapers, etc. Three or four people work on sewing projects while various people come in and out looking for baking supplies or school books or craft materials, and another is labeling the inventory bins. Out in the main room, one end of the table was being used to separate cream, while the other end was being used to cut table runners. Others were beading off to the side.
Out in the back, girls were mixing and cooking chapatti (flatbread) for our “tortillas” tonight for Taco Tuesday. Studying is better now that they have the tent outside. So many things happen in the same space the same time throughout the Imara House. The dream of the Imara Village will fulfill the need for space dedicated to various activities.