My Auntie Jean makes time every day, knitting jumpers and beanies for children orphaned by AIDS in Malawi. This is part of a voluntary global knitting initiative, which has been underway since 2006.
As each child is dealing with grief along with physical hardship, with each jumper and beanie a small “comfort doll” is added. To date some 16 000 jumpers, beanies and comfort dolls have been made and sent to orphaned babies in Malawi, and 630 000 worldwide.
The shipping to Africa and distribution are co-ordinated through a small charity called Australian AIDS Fund, though the knitting project is a separate entity.
Any proceeds from the sale of my Comfort Dolls photo will be sent directly to Auntie Jean to help finance her wool purchases.
(public domain image – Malawi knitting project)