Pamela Nelson, the artist who designed many of our products, says, “My life course was set watching my grandmother’s hands making her handwork.” That’s why her art translates back into fiber seamlessly. She loves the women in Honduras and loves to see how they add their art to hers as they choose colors, fabrics and stitches to interpret her designs. Pamela was instrumental in the start of Honduras Threads and has served on the board of directors since its incorporation as a nonprofit organization in 2005. She gives tirelessly of her time, talents and support. Learn more at pamelahnelson.com/about/.
Sonia Nazario is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey, the story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the United States. Originally written as a series for the Los Angeles Times, Sonia’s story of Enrique won more than a dozen journalism awards in addition to the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Expanded into a book published in 2006, Enrique’s Journey, became a bestseller and won three book awards. The book is required reading at 71 universities and many high schools. This year Sonia published a young adult version for use in middle schools.
Sonia continues her coverage of the Central American children migrating to the United States to find their mothers or escape the violence of drug cartels. She has appeared on The Daily Show, MSNBC and CNN and written a cover piece for the Sunday NY Times Review section on this summer’s flood of undocumented children. She says that many of them are truly refugees who deserve a full fair immigration hearing with competent legal representation.
Sonia is a member of the Honduras Threads Advisory Board. She believes the co-ops are providing their members with the means to earn money in their own communities so they don’t have to leave their families behind to come to the United States for work. Learn more at www.enriquesjourney.com.
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, Texas
Honduras Threads is a Mission and Outreach ministry of St. Michael with an annual mission trip to teach the women in the six embroidery co-ops skills to improve their businesses and a year-round ministry for volunteers who market and sell their products. Honduras Threads pillows and table runners are on sale in the Bookshop of Saint Michael and All Angels. Learn more at www.saintmichael.org.
The Chapel of the Cross, Dallas, Texas
The Chapel of the Cross hosts the workroom/warehouse room of Honduras Threads. Members of the parish generously support our work by providing this space and helping with our work in so many ways. Learn more at thechapelofthecross.com.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, Texas
Transfiguration has generously offered Honduras Threads a room to serve as our fulfillment center. This incredible gift of space allows our volunteer team the workspace necessary for filling orders. Learn more at www.transfiguration.net.
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, Texas
The first co-op was started in Santa Cruz Arriba as part of a mission trip of the Church of the Incarnation. Many volunteers and supporters from Incarnation continue to keep Honduras Threads growing. Learn more at incarnation.org.
Gendercide Awareness Project
This is a wonderful organization, founded by Beverly Hill, to bring to light the 117,000,000 women who are missing in the world today. Gendercide is the silent elimination of females, young and old, through sex-selective abortion, infanticide, gross neglect, and for older women, lack of access to food and shelter.
Beverly, a sculptor, has designed a giant artwork that people will walk through to sense the magnitude of gendercide in the world. 11,700 pairs of baby booties will be used in the exhibit, each pair representing 10,000 missing women. This organization has raised money to pay co-ops of women at risk in all parts of the world to make baby booties for the art installation. Honduras Threads co-op members made 250 pairs of the booties. Learn more at www.gendap.org.