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 Saint 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.