Sewpportive Friends

PO Box 5223

Beverly Farms, MA 01915

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots organization.

© 2019 by Sewpportive Friends. Site by J. Phippen

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"Only a life lived for others is a life worth living." 

~Albert Einstein

Rwandan Children

"My first trip to Africa in 2013, was magical. As a young girl, my grandfather, who was a missionary that traveled to Africa often, would tell me stories of a land far away, filled with special people, unusual animals and amazing landscapes. That first trip, to a continent I had only read about, seen pictures in National Geographic and dreamed about someday visiting, changed my outlook on life. I had packed supplies for remote schools in rural Zimbabwe, that didn't have enough funding for basics such as pens, pencils, notebooks and erasers....

Our Team

Along with our team leaders, our group also includes a number of talented and selfless sewers, kind individuals who organize and pack our kits, as well as a support team of many generous contributors.

It takes a community to make a difference.

Julie Phippen
Founder & President
Chibbon Coholan
Director of Operations
Margie Bower
Director of Development
Megan Phippen
Creative-Program Volunteer   
Fifi Mancue
Team Leader, Zimbabwe
 

This is a typical homestead.  The huts are made from a mix of the local soil, cow dung and water, creating a concrete-like compound.

 

There is no running water or electricity. They cook their meals over a fire in their kitchen hut.   

In the evening, the children must study by the fire since they have no electricity.

Many children walk 3 - 15 miles one way to school.