Learn about Stitch Sainte Luce, how their skills are being put to use during the coronavirus pandemic and how you can support their cause.
Coronavirus is impacting us all massively, but spare a moment to think about those in rural Madagascar, noted by the World Bank as the poorest country in the world. There are few health services, many people’s immune systems are already compromised, mortality rates are among the worst in the world and communication systems to tell people about the virus and how to avoid it are poor. It’s predicted as much as 10% of the population may die from coronavirus.
Meet Stitch Sainte Luce
SEED Madagascar is a UK-based charity which has been carrying out humanitarian and environmental work on the island for the last 20 years. Among the projects they've helped set up is a cooperative called Stitch Sainte Luce.
Stitch Sainte Luce is a women’s cooperative, which has taught embroidery, as well as business skills in maths, sales and English language to over 100 women so that they can produce and sell the products to help bring an income to families in the poorest country in the world, where almost 80% of the population lives on less than $1.90 per day.
The beautiful and unique handcrafted products, which Stitch Sainte Luce produce, are now sold online and include cushion covers, purses, ties and bracelets.
Purse made by Meliny.
Making face masks during the coronavirus crisis
Now however, the women’s skills are being put to another use. They are helping make much-needed face masks for those on the island, during the coronavirus crisis… but they need your help and support.
How to support #MasksforMadagascar
There are a number of ways to support the initiative. The products the women made before the crisis are still available to buy online, and all proceeds from their sale go directly to the Cooperative and helping with the production of masks. Visit the Stitch Sainte Luce website to find out more.
Cushion cover made by Guerceline.
You can also make a donation directly to the Masks for Madagascar appeal, whether a financial contribution or if you have the skills to make them yourself, 100% cotton facemasks. You can find details on how to make the masks through Masks for Madagascar.
Thank you for your support.