A Sharing Fair is to be held tomorrow in the Methodist Hall, Moville. Sharing Fair is a project of the Good Shepherd Sisters and it offers beautifully crafted items made by women in developing countries. Most often these women and girls are responsible for supporting their families and you can make a difference to their lives by purchasing their products at the Sharing Fair as all proceeds are returned to the women in the form of new orders.
The crafts on sale in Moville will include many Christmas gifts so come along and start your Christmas shopping while at the same time helping to better the lives of women in developing countries.
The Sharing Fair is a true international effort which is carried out by Good Shepherd Sisters all over the world, and it’s run locally by Donegal born nun, Sister Kay Connolly. The Sharing Fair is a project close to Sister Kay’s heart. For almost 50 years she worked with women in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Sudan and Egypt and has seen first hand, through her missionary work, the positive impact made on the lives of thousands of women by the help and support of the Good Shepherd Sisters.
“Our aim essentially is to better the lives of women in developing countries and we’re not asking people for charity, we’re asking them to come and look at these wonderful products and buy something that they’ll love, “ she says. “These women have been through so much and they’ve been talked down to and treated so badly all through their lives. Most of them are HIV positive and they’ve never been taught any skills.
“Our Sisters bring them in and teach them to sew and make crafts and this is happening in special centres all over the developing world. Many of these women didn’t even know how to hold a needle and as they learn these new skills you can just see their confidence growing. “It really is the most wonderful thing to witness the change in them. These are people who have absolutely nothing and through doing this work they can earn a wage to feed their families. The talent they have for making unique gifts is amazing and I hope as many people as possible will think about buying something from us.”
The Sharing Fair will take place in the Methodist Hall, Moville tomorrow from 10am-5pm and everyone is welcome. There was great support from the local community when the Sharing Fair visited Moville last year and it is hoped there will be a similar response tomorrow.