Hannatou, the hospital social worker, does an amazing job with the patients and especially their families during their stay at the hospital. Many of the mothers who accompany their children get to participate in all kinds of activities like cooking, sewing, jewelery making, and knitting. One of the projects Hannatou does with them is knitting winter outfits for kids. Yes, they bundle up like they’re just about ready for a snow storm!
When the outfits are done, they are sold, and the profit is used to buy more yarn and knitting material. It is a great way for the mothers and the patients who are old enough to learn a valuable skill, a skill that they might be able to use once they leave the hospital to make a bit of money on the side. The mothers and patients who are really dedicated to the project are given knitting needles and yarn when they go home.
We bought an outfit for Leon, and it is special because it was made by Hannatou and Solange, one of our former patients. It is a bit big on him (except for the hat), but he will grow into it. We thought we’d have him model it so you all could see what Nigerien kids wear in the cold weather. Check out the photo shoot below and Leon’s thoughts on the matter.