We want to show everyone what it’s like to be one of the Mamas in our bead workshop. Our mamas live a tough life, one that they love, and in times of harsh drought when running a manyatta things can become extremely difficult.
So when we’re able to assist them by work together on beaded items using their incredible bead and colour skills, it can take a lot of pressure off them.
A day will always start in the manyatta with hot, sweet tea made from cow, goat, or camel’s milk.
Shortly after dawn the livestock are sent out with some of her older children who will spend the day grazing and protecting them.
In times of severe drought her husband may have to take the cattle far away to look for pasture.
In these times a manyatta can become very lean, with no milk and very little to live off. The extreme drought of 1999 is why we started our bead workshop, to provide responsible relief for these mamas and their children, who were malnourished and in danger of sickness.
Dermeras and her kids meet up with another mama from a manyatta close by, who is coming into the workshop with her kids.
Waiting for stragglers
Arriving at the primary school
All the kids waiting on the wall for their teacher to arrive
The teacher cruises in!
All kids do morning exercises before school to get their bodies and their brains working
The older kids stay up at the top school while the rest of the group continues on down to the daycare and workshop
Arriving at the daycare, a school for the younger kids
The kids mill about waiting for their teacher to tell them they can go to the playground
And they’re off!
The playground is all made from found wood, with a huge jungle gym and a swing for two
Meanwhile the mamas start their work
All beading is done by hand with traditional materials and ancient techniques
Today they are working on a new design with leather and beads.
When it comes to midday another mama is making lunch for all the school kids, and all beading mamas too
All the kids come down and have their lunch before heading back home in the hot sun