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The ROOTS PROJECT received the first ever Community Achievement award from the market in July. The award is shown below.
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Join the award winning ROOTS Project at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe this week.
ROOTS is in the "C" tent, the second on the left at the far end, in Booth 52. Each booth will be marked with the artist's name and booth number. A payment center is at the very far end of the tent. If you get to a staircase, you have walked past our tent.
The link below describes each of the exhibiting artists. It is a good idea to check out other artist descriptions and prioritize the ones you want to visit. If you "go back" from this link, you should get to the numbered Booth Map. See you in Santa Fe.
I am from the Taposa tribe, 35 years old. I am married with one (1) son and husband lives in the village.
Before I joined the ROOTS Project, I used to do local brewery to pay my son's school fees and for survival. I felt tired after multitude of incidents leading to fights, insults and sometimes no profit gain. At the end it led to my drunkenness. She
I decided to quit and start searching for another job. After joining the ROOTS Project, I felt relief an could have time for rest and time for my family. I am able to afford my son's school fees, family utilities and self care. Without my husband's support I can do on my own.
Furthermore, attending the literacy classes has helped move to second level of my life. Though it is hard but good . I can spell and write my name, read the alphabets and count numbers. I am sure I can make it to the next level. I thank the teacher for his help.
I love the Women. They help and advise me to come to work every day in which I used to escape work due to my drunkenness. Now I quit drinking alcohol and concentrate on my work
Please join the ROOTS PROJECT at the NW FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL.
Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Space Needle complex on May 27-30th is filled with music, arts, and Seattle experiences. We are in booth 24, located on the Fisher Terrace next to the Armory and the monorail and across from the Charlotte Martin Theatre. The booth is open from 11am to 8pm daily during the show. If you need information or help finding us call 425 941 3883.
I am from the Lopit tribe. I was an orphan and married young and blessed with 5 children in which 4 died and left me with one, an 11 year old girl. Husband is working as a security guard and earning little to care for the entire family.
In the past, I used to work as a farmer in the village. Decided to visit Juba to search for other opportunities because I was very tired of farming. Got information about the ROOTS Project from my neighbor; who said that the Centre is helping women like me.
I visited the Centre in mid January 2016 and registered on February 1st, 2016. I came with little knowledge, but learned a lot within the short time. Gained other skills and build relationships with the other women of ROOTS. I can seek advice and support from them compared to past experiences where there was no one for her.
My first salary, I registered my daughter in school for her first time ever to be in school. The remains I purchased food. I plan my next salary to purchase my daughter a school uniform and exercise books.
At the ROOTS Centre, I registered with the literacy classes. This is also my first time in life to be in class and hold a pencil with an exercise book. I never knew I could manage the class. But now I consider myself very lucky to be given such an opportunity. I am very happy.
Please join The ROOTS of South Sudan Mother's Day Celebration. By helping the women of The ROOTS Project rebuild their lives, you can honor the women who helped shape yours. Your support for the women of the ROOTS Project in Juba, South Sudan enables these women to educate and provide life-saving heath care for their children, as well as improve their own skills and education despite many challenges. Consider honoring women in your life with a tax-deductible donation to The ROOTS of South Sudan and we will send cards to the women whom you want to celebrate. This is our only fundraising appeal and EVERY DOLLAR supports the women of The ROOTS Project in South Sudan.
Three years ago our Board of Directors created our first card. Something very special occurred. Women all over the world made donations; we signed and mailed cards to the honorees. Within a few weeks donors shared reactions they had received. One emailed that her 90 year old neighbor told her: "I never gave birth to a child. Being called a 'mother of the heart" made me cry with happiness. THANK YOU."
Your donations have a direct impact on the women at The ROOTS Project in Juba, South Sudan. Any size donation is welcome and helpful to the women of The ROOTS Project.
To participate go to the front page and click on 2016 MOTHERS DAY CELEBRATION
Education is a right, not a privilege, and it was for this reason that Dr John Garang de Mabior established the 7th of July as National Girl Child Education Day in the then New Sudan.
"Educating girls is a proven way to lift families and communities out of poverty, and crucial to putting South Sudan back on track to recovery and then sustained development".
Primary and secondary school enrollment has now broken the 1 million barrier, and now stands at 1,039,305 pupils, every one of whose names is known, in 3043 schools, of whom 417,978 are girls.
Discover more through the GESS Girl's Education South Sudan.
We're honored to be invited back, for the fifth consecutive year, for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. The 2016 event will be held July 8th-10th. Here Winnie models a one-of-a-kind Nuer skirt during the 2015 festival.
From the Market Website:
Over the past 11 years, the organization you have known as the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has been providing opportunity to folk artists at the world’s largest market of its kind. Our organization has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. What was born out of Santa Fe as a small grass roots organization focused on one weekend a year, has now grown into a nonprofit empowering international folk artists year-round, as such we have a new name which reflects our expanded work, the International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA). The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe (IFAM | Santa Fe) will always be our flagship program.
Allied with the world’s master folk artists, your participation in IFAA results in communities around the world having clean drinking water, education for girls, improved health care and thriving folk art communities.
She is Taposa by tribe. Age 35 years old. Married with one son and husband, lives in the village.
Before she joined the ROOTS Project, Angelina used to do local brewery to pay her son school fees and for survival. Felt tired after multitude of incidents leading to fights, insults and sometimes no profit gain. At end led to her drunkenness. She decides to quit and starts searching for another job.
After joining the ROOTS Project, she felt relief and can have rest and time for her and family. Able to afford son’s school fees, family utilities and self care and felt without her husband’s support she can do it on her own.
Furthermore, attending the literacy classes has helped her move to a second level of her life. Though it is hard but good she said. I can spell and write my name, read the alphabets and count numbers. I am sure I can make it to the next level. I thank the teacher for his help.
I love the Women. They help and advice me to come to work every day in which I used to escape work due to my drunkenness. Now I quit drinking alcohol and concentrate on my work.
Thank you Anyieth. If it wasn’t for this Centre, I won’t have been alive.
Two years ago the ROOTS women said they would like to learn a new skill that would benefit themselves and could be marketed to local people. They felt their best opportunity was to learn sewing and tailoring. US funders bought four sewing machines; tailoring classes were held at the centre. Check out the shirts being made on the ROOTS Facebook page.
The ROOTS Project has been invited for the fifth consecutive year to the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is the largest market of its kind in the US. Join us July 8-10, 2016
The corsets shown were made at the ROOTS Centre in Juba. They represented the Project at the launch of Culture Story at the Museum of Brands in London February 20th, 2016
Betty is Pojulu by tribe, Married. 20 years of age.
Betty started with ROOTS Project in 2014. Prior to that, she was a stay home wife. She thanks her husband for connecting her with the ROOTS women; whom she considers as mothers, sisters and counselors.
Betty said she is very happy now that she can contribute money in the house, buy things for herself and assist her mother. While at the Centre, she said she tried hard to engage in all activities to gain skills. Ranging from bead work, attend classes, tailoring training and babysitting. She said she had connected very well in these areas and very thankful to the ROOTS Project for the great opportunities.
This is a time of THANKSGIVING and CELEBRATION for those who make the ROOTS Project possible:
-the Juba-based ROOTS community;
-all those who have sold jewelry;
-Kathy who operates our ETSY shop;
-people who wear ROOTS jewelry and tell the story;
-our many generous donors;
-the people who pray for the safety of the ROOTS members in Juba;
-the ROOTS Board of Directors