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Hand Made organic Peruvian Dolls

Ruminawi

Ruminawi

Quchu

Quchu

Runakay

Runakay

 

Hello we are Quchu, Runakay and Rumiñawi and we come from Peru. We would like to share with you how we are made.

First we start life in the Juanjui organic cotton fields of Peru where great care is taken preparing the fields for the seeds that will grow our cotton.

After 6 weeks or so the cotton is ready to be picked by hand,

 

The cotton is then taken to San Antonio where it is spun by hand using a Pushka once this has been completed the yarn is then spun again by hand.

The yarn then has to be dyed and because we are Organic they use only plant dyes. Many different types of Peruvian plants are used like Nogal ( A walnut)

The yarns are then given a bath in the natural dyes which gives them our lovely colours.

But before they can be used to make us they have to be washed again and then dried natural in the sunshine and warm winds of Peru.

The yarn is now ready to make us. We are just a small part of the Aslli family and our manufacture helps to support many families in Peru.

My name RUNAKAY comes from the Quechua dialect, and means HUMAN NATURE and along with my friends I am available from the store

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So we are made from all organic products and are safe for children of all ages. Here are our ingredients.

Yarns, very soft to the tact.

Made with organic cotton yarns.

Naturally dyed or IMO – GOTS certified dyestuffs of Huntsman – Switzerland.

Hand knitted by people in disadvantage.

Fair wages and good working conditions, aligned with the fair trade code.

Organic cotton with polyester stuffing.

Details embroidered with the same yarn.

Non toxic toys.

Anti-allergic.

Lasting toys.

Easy to wash and dry.

Suitable from birth.

Weight 80 g.

Height 30 cm. / 11.80 inch

Width 20 cm. / 7.87 inch

The Final Days in Rwanda

So here we are the last few day in Rwanda for 8 young girls from North Berwick, Scotland

Meeting the children of Fruits of Hope Kigali

Meeting the children of Fruits of Hope Kigali

Planting trees of hope

Planting trees of hope

Paige getting her hands dirty

Paige getting her hands dirty

Iain Black "Claros Design" gifts sports shirts to Fruits of Hope Kigali

Iain Black “Claros Design” gifts sports shirts to Fruits of Hope Kigali

Day Ten

Our Plan was to go on Safari but oh dear small radiator issue!

Our Plan was to go on Safari but oh dear small radiator issue!

Oh Dear!

Oh Dear!

I am one to never give up! Safari was eventually completed in our "Back up" vehicle more like a taxi but hey nothing ventured nothing gained!

I am one to never give up! Safari was eventually completed in our “Back up” vehicle more like a taxi but hey nothing ventured nothing gained!

 

This lady "Manager" just smiled politely and shook her head when she saw our car.

This lady “Manager” just smiled politely and shook her head when she saw our car.

Look closely I had to swerve to avoid this little fellow

Look closely I had to swerve to avoid this little fellow

The End is Nigh!

Lauren with the children from the village near to the school.

Lauren with the children from the village near to the school.

Home sweet home  SO PROUD OF THEM ALL

Home sweet home
SO PROUD OF THEM ALL

So that was just a snap shot of twelve days in Rwanda. So thank you to the team and all those who supported them in their efforts to fund raise. So Thank you

Lauren Cowie

Leanne Ingles

Laura McLaren

Kari Spence

Paige Francis

Amy Sutherland

Fiona Shearer

Samantha Lamb

Morgan Doidge

Abbey Herriot

Ellen Lanson

Claire Cocokburn

And a huge thank you to Iain Black who volunteered to come on the trip and capture some of the images you have seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next four days in Rwanda

I hope you have enjoyed viewing some of the images from the North Berwick Youth Project’s visit to Rwanda in 2012.

Sharing with the local children

Sharing with the local children

Party time! during their visit they held a party for all the children at the school

Party time! during their visit they held a party for all the children at the school. Paige serving crisps

Lauren meets Queenie, a young girl who became very attached.

Lauren meets Queenie, a young girl who became very attached.

Oh dear a vehicle needed a wee push. End of day 5

Oh dear! our vehicle needed a wee push. End of day 5!

Day six

Meeting the children at a street project in Kigali

Meeting the children at a street project in Kigali

Street project kitchen. This project is supported by Comfort Rwanda

Street project kitchen. This project is supported by Comfort Rwanda

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Auld Lang syne

Day Seven

The map nears completion

The map nears completion

Felix Head Teacher Hope and Faith

Felix Head Teacher Hope and Faith

The school day comes to an end and the children are collected by parents

The school day comes to an end and the children are collected by parents

Day Eight

A safe return after a visit to the local Health Clinic. The Clinic is a four hour walk away from the community. Once there the children were well treated and received the appropriate medicine.

A safe return after a visit to the local Health Clinic. The Clinic is a four hour walk away from the community. Once there the children were well treated and received the appropriate medicine. This was supported by us and the Youth team who helped with the cost of medicine.

Tree of Hope and Friendship completed. Each leaf is a hand print of the team.

Tree of Hope and Friendship completed. Each leaf is a hand print of the team.

Scottish Lass completed.

Scottish Lass completed.

8 days takes its toll. My driving can't be that bad they all slept on the journey home.

8 days takes its toll. My driving can’t be that bad they all slept on the journey home.

 

So we are up to day eight didn’t they do well. This small group of girls are now in love with Rwanda and already planning their return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Days in 2012

On the 6th October 2012 eight wonderful young people from North Berwick Youth Project, North Berwick, Scotland left their small sea side town for an adventure of a life time. Their leaders Lauren Cowie, Leanne Ingle, Laura Neild and Kari Spence had chosen to undertake the challenge of supporting a school Bugesera region Rwanda. Their journey had begun some 8 months earlier with planning and fundraising events galore and not to forget the barrage of injects against all manner of strange tropical diseases.

Team building 02  and some team building activities.

Arriving Kigali international Airport.

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On their first day in Rwanda they visited the Genocide Memorial site in Kigali. It was an early opportunity to fully understand this part of Rwanda’s History and to appreciate the progress they have made since 1994

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The youth team making a donation towards the work of the centre.

Rather than take you through each day in words please view the photographs which tell the story. Day One

Meeting Fred Buyinza school Founder and Head Teacher.

Meeting Fred Buyinza school Founder and Head Teacher.

 

Teaching the children a song

Teaching the children a song at Fruits of Hope School Kigali. 

Day Two

The start of the journey to Hope and Faith School Bugesera

The start of the journey to Hope and Faith School Bugesera

Paint purchase for art project at the school. NO B&Q here. All paint colours mixed by the young man in his suit jacket and not a drop spilled.

Paint being purchased for art project at Faith and Hope  school. NO B&Q here. All paint colours mixed by the young man in his suit jacket and not a drop spilled.

End of a great day

End of a great day

Day Three

Leanne meeting the locals

Leanne meeting the locals

Fiona concentrating on Map of Rwanda

Fiona and Kari painting  Map of Rwanda in classroom

Playing games with the children of Faith and Hope school

Playing games with the children of Faith and Hope school

Day four

Abbi adds to her creation of a Scottish Lass

Abbi adds to her creation of a Scottish Lass

Lauren works on the Tree of friendship

Lauren works on the Tree of friendship

Well that is up to day four enjoy the images more to follow tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little more about us

Build Rwanda was established as a business to allow a portion of the  profits to be invested in helping communities in Rwanda enabling them to work and educate their way out of poverty.

With direct support being given to three schools, a business cooperative and a metal work business Build Rwanda has become a Conscious Capitalist business.

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Weaving Cooperative

Weaving Cooperative

 

With the expansion of the business into a wide variety of other products, Toys supplied by Best Years and ethically sourced and fully tested by them. We are able to support cooperatives in Bangladesh, Peru and Chile.

Pixie Dolls

Pixie Dolls

 

Cuddly gorilla

Cuddly gorilla

 

Our latest development has been the move to delicatessen style products and we now work closely with a small business based in London “Bim’s Kitchen” who produce award winning Sauces and Jams. We are delighted to bring this small taste of Africa to Scotland.

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So how do we sell most of these products?

From our website www.buildrwanda.org.uk

At market stalls all over Scotland where you can come and see our wonderful range but also find out a bit more about Build Rwanda’s work.

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