Going Back To The Shwe Shwe Poppis Centre.

If you are hooked up with me in my Facebook, you would know that we got into a car accident on my birthday.

It was a damper on my big day, but I had already had a fabulous morning that day. And here’s why –

Remember my visit to this centre called Shwe Shwe Poppis Centre?

Have a read at my earlier post on the Shwe Shwe Poppis Centre if you haven’t read it before. It’s about the inspiring lives of a bunch of strong, beautiful women who make and sell dolls to earn income for their families and communities.

In my post, I had auctioned out five Shwe Shwe Poppi dolls to my readers and we successfully raised SGD1,120 (~R6,200 in Aug 2011) for the centre.

I’ve been meaning to go back to the centre to give the money to these ladies. Since the hubby was on leave on my birthday, we decided to start our day with a visit to the centre so that the hubby can see the work I do in the field and the places I go to when he’s in the office. =)

The centre management suggested that we distribute the money to the ladies as Christmas presents. These ladies have had a tough year because overseas orders for the dolls have dropped alot. It would be a timely and meaningful gift to them. I went further and thought it would be auspicious to give them the money in red packets.

Photo credit: Jonty Peters


There was R420 in each red packet and I distributed the packets to each and everyone of them.

Photo credit: The hubby

The ladies and centre manager were so happy. It was incredible.

Photo credit: The hubby

They got on their feet and began to sing and dance. Their joy brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

To the five generous readers who bidded for the dolls and donated this money, big thanks to you. What started out as just a simple gesture to do something for them has turned out to be so huge for this holiday season.

Photo credit: The hubby

Photo credit: Jonty Peters

They had prepared a Thank You Note for you all.


There on one of the ladies’ table was her portrait, which we had shot and printed for her as a Help Portrait-like initiative. And the precious red packet. While she continued to work on the dolls.

Photo credit: The hubby

Bless all the donors who made this possible!

And here’s your chance to do the same too. It’s the festive season, and a time to care and share.

Photo credit: The hubby

I am auctioning 5 Shwe Shwe Poppi dolls again. And this time, they are all the Hope Dolls.

If you would like to contribute to the Shwe Shwe Poppi programme to help the underprivileged communities in South Africa, please email me to place your bid. Minimum bid is SGD50 and I hope you will be as generous as possible. Toys will be randomly distributed to winners.

Every cent that you contribute to purchase these Poppis from me will be sent directly to the Shwe Shwe Poppis programme.

Please show your heart and bid generously to help!

Payment and shipping/collection of the Poppis will be sorted out at a later date with the winners. The cut off date for bidding is Friday 25 November 2011, 11:59pm Singapore UTC+8 time.

This is a wonderful gift for the Christmas season because of the underlying message of each Shwe Shwe Poppi. All Poppis have been tested to be safe for children and have CE certification labels. So Mommys and Daddys out there, bid one for your kid and help make a difference today!

Shwe Shwe Poppis are living stories of hope from the land of South Africa.

These charming and imaginative fantasy figures are based on a series of original children’s drawings produced by the kids at the African Children’s Feeding Scheme’s Malnutrition and Rehabilitation Creche in Zola, Soweto.

Lovingly hand-sewn by women from the community and inspired by stories from South African culture, these quirky, unique and sought-after creations are providing sustainable employment, educational opportunities and a sense of pride and purpose for many deserving men, women and kids from Soweto.

– Excerpt from the Shwe Shwe Poppis website

For enquiries, please contact Wandile at +27 11 9316229 or info@shweshwepoppis.com. The centre is located at -26.23930, 27.83840, see map here (green arrow).



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