This spring our women made 900 bags for the World Forum Foundation Global Meeting. During the Closing Plenary they asked delegates to hold up their bags so they could take a photo for the women who made the bags. We received this letter from Bonnie Neugebauer with the photo:
I am thinking about you tonight as I am reflecting on many of the precious moments of the 2019 World Forum in Macao. I want to be sure that you realize how deeply grateful we are to you for the beauty and joy and pleasure that you brought into our experience. Delegates were so pleased to be gifted these handmade bags that connected each of us in a very sensory way to Africa, to Kenya, to you. It is as though you spoke to us through your craft. We enjoyed the photos and videos that Norah sent along the way — it was a pleasure to see you, of course, and piles of fabric. And then the piles of fabric got smaller and the stack of completed bags grew! It was exciting. And the videos invited us to be for a moment with you, singing, laughing, talking as you worked. This was a huge challenge that you accepted and you achieved it! Congratulations.
We recognize that you have had challenges in your lives and we hope that life will be somehow kinder.
Please know that your bags will become part of delegates lives in 71 countries around the world and that they will keep our memories vibrant and remind us of the work we did in Macao and of you and your gifts to us.
With respect and gratitude,
World Forum Foundation
Co-Founder and Director of Program Development