EBWA--Welcoming All Women of All Ages
"Bringing Mooncatchers to Uganda: One Way to Keep Girls in School"
Ellie von Wellsheim, artist and activist
When Ellie von Wellsheim heard at the Saratoga Giving Circle how difficult it was for girls in Uganda to continue attending school once they began menstruating, she rolled into action in her typical fashion. She got organized!
Holding in mind that education of girls is the key to economic progress in underdeveloped countries, she went to work. Drawing on her experiences as a professional organizer and as a designer in the garment industry, she developed simple, inexpensive, re-useable menstrual pads. Once she had a product in mind, she gathered interested persons together to make the pads. Thus the project was launched!
The pads, called “mooncatchers”, are made by women, children and men in monthly “bees” held at various locations throughout the capital region. Enthusiasm is an essential requirement for participants; sewing skill is helpful but optional. To date, over 650 mooncatchers have been sent to Uganda. In addition, kits of mooncatcher materials have been sent for the women there to assemble---mostly by hand as sewing machines are scarce.
Come hear Ellie talk about her recent trip to Uganda and see a presentation about the mooncatcher project. Prepare yourself by reading the excellent web site http://mooncatchers.weebly.com/which includes photos and quotes from Ugandian women. All women---friends and neighbors included--- are welcome. Learning about the mooncatcher project will leave you feeling hopeful, positive, connected.
We gather for socializing at 5:45; a vegetarian meal is served at 6:15. To make reservations for the meal contact Gabrielle Reals at by Monday October 20 or call her at 382-5685 by 8 pm Tuesday October 21. If you require a gluten free meal please include that information when you make your reservation. If you wish to attend the program only, be sure to arrive before 8 pm. Cost of thecompleteevening is $15; program only, $3.
Looking ahead:The November 20 program is Wellness Through the Ages presented by Kimberly Kilby, Assistant Dean, undergraduate medical education at Albany Medical College and UUSS member.
Next Steering Committee meeting, Wednesday, November 5 in the UUSS Emerson Room at 7 pm. Come and join us!
We operate without elected officers. All activities are coordinated by a steering committee of persons who simply like being a member of a group of all women. Responsibilities are shared and rotated. Help decide on programs, get to better know the women involved and double your enjoyment of EBWA. For general information: Contact Carol Hamblin, 861-6034;
More detailed information about EBWA meetings and policies can be found by opening the following link: http://tinyurl.com/WA-Evening-Branch.