2016 has been kind to Friends of Colombian Orphans. Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to fund our basic machine knitting classes which take place on a five day a week basis. The classes have become so popular that children not old enough for the program have shown curiosity about the skill . Hogares Club Michin has developed an After School one hour a week program for the youngsters: they get to create their own stuffed toys, learning basic skills on the machine, in addition to a bit of hand sewing and finishing!
Thanks to a generous repeat grant awarded by a private family foundation in the USA, we are delighted that we can continue to employ our Advanced class instructor for the machine knitting program at Hogares Club Michin!
Norma Lopez begins her second year with us as a mixed media designer and instructor. She hails from “Taller Cinco” Textile College in Bogotá . Her expertise lies in creating innovative contemporary designs with modern materials . Select students are training with her twice a week in our machine knitting studio . As they become more proficient and knowledgeable about knitwear design and finishing, their skills will make them extremely attractive to employers when they age out of Hogares Club Michin. These advanced knitters may go on to become apprentice knitwear designers: the sky’s the limit.