Tanzanian-made bags for Nebraska foster kids 'a win-win'

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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 12:00 am

It's a duffel bag, sure.

But beneath the colorful material lined with recycled plastic from Africa is a story of partnerships that help provide care to children with disabilities in Tanzania and dignity to Nebraska foster kids.

A shipment of 50 bags soon will come to the Nebraska Families Collaborative, which plans to give them to children being removed from their homes and placed into foster care.

The duffels are among crafts made in Tanzanian cooperative work sites that provide jobs to caregivers of children with disabilities. The centers where the kids get services while parents work are financially supported by Omaha-based Mosaic.

Jaimie Anderson-Hoyt of Nebraska Families Collaborative was familiar with Mosaic's mission and its efforts to sell handmade crafts that help families in the poverty-stricken country of Tanzania. Here in Nebraska, she said, she sees foster children who move their belongings in garbage bags and deserve more dignity than that.

“So it's a multipronged benefit, a win-win,” she said.

The Nebraska Families Collaborative holds an annual “Duffels for Dignity” drive and part of those proceeds will go to pay for the Tanzanian-made bags. “It's maximizing that donor's gift,” Anderson-Hoyt said.

For more information on Mosaic programs in Tanzania and in Omaha, contact Megan.Moslander@Mosaicinfo.org.

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