Asia Martin, a student at St. Augustine School in Hartford, sews the hem of a handkerchief at a recent gathering of the school’s Hope for Haiti after-school club.
Sixteen students in grades 5-8 at St. Augustine School in Hartford have worked all year to create more than 1,300 diapers and beddings for Haitian families.
The club is headed by Paula deSilva, who sends the finished items to the Haitian Health Foundation.
About 100 adult volunteers also help with sewing, cutting and donating fabric.
Diapers are cut from a pattern sent from Haiti, where no pins are used because they would rust, and no hook-and-loop fasteners are used because of the humidity.
The children also cut and hem handker-chiefs, which are given to Haitian women as an incentive for them to seek prenatal care at clinics. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)