Nigerien Winter Wear

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.

You guys are kidding, right?

You guys are kidding, right?

Oh, so you guys really want to do this?

Oh, so you guys really want to do this?

ok i'll go along with your shananigans..

ok fine, i’ll go along with your shananigans..

but it's a little tight...

but it’s a little tight…

what, you want me to smile too?

what, you want me to smile too?

How's that?

How’s that?

Oh, you want it even bigger?! Here you go.

Oh, you want an even bigger smile?! Here you go.

Now the whole outfit?

Now the whole outfit?

That was fun. Now can I go play?

That was fun. Now can I go play?

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6 Responses to Nigerien Winter Wear

  1. thgray says:

    What a great ministry! …and such a cute model! His continued blessings to you!

  2. Kim says:

    Cute! Our nanny dresses Elizabeth in so many layers. I’m convinced she must think we don’t have an adequate wardrobe for our baby since we don’t own any sweat suits (the winter outfit of choice in the West Bank) for E!!

  3. karen says:

    What a gorgeous model to model the ministry!

  4. What a gold mine of a face!

  5. Sarah Upchurch Owen says:

    He is so cute in these pictures! Enjoyed your captions!

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