Friday, 9 November 2007

Packing Parties

Lee Taylor is involved with a project based in Kibera, Nairobi. It's reputably the largest slum in the world and was the location where John Le Carre's novel and the film 'The Constant Gardener' was based. The local banks in Nairobi provide the project with shredded waste paper and women from the slums, often with their children in tow, create their own paper and then make greetings cards to sell in the UK. The project is Christian based and the women are encouraged to get involved in bible study. Lee writes,

'The cards are sent to us in large batches and we then tart them up a bit for the UK market (nice envelopes/wrapped in cellophane) and sell them to various trade and retail customers. This is a very busy time of year for us as we sell a range of Christmas cards and we have several thousand cards that still need packaged'.

The plan is to host an evening or two known as 'Packing Parties' where people are welcome would meet up of an evening, sip some wine and nibble some pizza whilst packing up the cards.

If you're keen to help Lee contact her on