Dining for Women travelers have visited a number of the programs receiving sustained funding. Get an up-close-and-personal view.
By Patricia Andersson
DFW Travel Program Director
Thirteen Threads in Guatemala in October’s sustained program. Have we visited them in person? Yup, we have.
Fifteen intrepid travelers went there in October 2013, as part of a journey that included visits to five different programs in Guatemala supported by DFW. The group’s time with Thirteen Threads was fascinating, starting off by joining the women of Thirteen Threads in a special Mayan ceremony honoring the female energy of the universe. Later, the travelers heard first-hand from Thirteen Threads members about the personal impact that being involved with this organization has had on their lives.
A common theme that ran through all the women’s stories was the importance of community and being united in strength — the underlying meaning of Thirteen Threads as being stronger than a single thread alone — as they learned to exercise their rights and gain economic self-sufficiency. Our travelers also had the opportunity to watch these master weavers in action, to see — and purchase — their beautiful handicrafts. They then headed off to visit another of the 11 groups of women that Thirteen Threads works with over six different areas of Guatemala, to share lunch, learn how the women carry heavy water jugs on their heads, and take part in traditional songs and dances.
Are you curious how the women from Thirteen Threads spend their “free time?” Our travelers who posed that question were surprised by the answer —read the full blog post with that and many more interesting details.
Although it’s only a coincidence that the travel program has visited these sustained programs – there is no connection between our visits and the decisions to grant sustained funding — there does seem to be a strong correlation between the two. Of the nine sustained programs we’re supporting between September 2014 and May 2015, the Travel Program has visited seven of them! That, I believe, speaks highly of the quality of programs that are selected for both the Travel Program and Sustained Funding!
TRAVEL PROGRAM TRIVIA: Can you name the seven out of nine Sustained Funding Programs that DFW has visited? If you can, you need to come on our next trip — to the Domincan Republic, next April, to visit Mariposa. See more info and apply.