Retired teacher teaches knitting to African orphans

Retired teacher teaches knitting to African orphans

Knitting is one of these skills people love to share, and rightly so as it can be really rewarding!

This is what Judith Bradshaw Brown of Hulls Cove recently did as she took her knitting to Africa to give young orphans the chance to pick up yarn and knitting needles for the first time.

The retired English teacher visited the Friends of Kakamega Care Centre in Kenya, which hosts approximately 50 children, Bangor Daily News reports.

"I took tons of yarn," Ms Bradshaw Brown told the paper. "I brought some of my knitted scarves to show them and they went wild creating scarves. This year we will send fabric the children can use for sewing scarves."

The children there are in severe need of homes, with many other impoverished kids visiting for their midday meal every day.

At present the program relies on food, clothing, school supplies and building materials from donors and charities, but the Quaker centre is looking to focus on developing the children's skills so that they can go into better paid jobs after leaving.

While charities often ask people to send money or goods, it can also be really beneficial to share a skill as well.

Knitting and crocheting is creative and sociable but also incredibly practical, allowing people to make blankets, clothing, gifts and sell-able items to help them generate an income as well as improve their quality of life.

Even here in the UK, it could be extremely valuable for people of all ages to learn to knit, whether they're old or young.

Beginners can head to local community centres or even their local knitting shop to find out more about workshops and events going on in their area.

Or perhaps you're pretty nifty with some knitting needles yourself and would like to start one?

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