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Share Their Skills with the Lutheran Communion
from used food sacks, these baskets made by Burundian
refugees in Tanzania, embody a people's hope and optimism.
Burundians fled civil war in their country nine years ago, they had
to leave everything behind. Everything, that is, except their skills.
traditional Burundian baskets are woven by refugee women in the
camps run by the Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service (TCRS), the
country program of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Department
for World Service, based in western Tanzania.
shapes and sizes, the baskets are made from the used plastic sacks
in which the refugees’ food rations are delivered. This work not
only makes a small contribution to a cleaner environment; it also
helps to supplement their income, and gives them hope for the
cares for 140,000 Burundian refugees, overseeing their basic food,
shelter, and sanitation needs. In addition, the program supports
secondary education, and peace and reconciliation activities
throughout the camps and in the host community. The baskets will be
used during worship at the LWF Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg.
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