Sister Hannah Visits!
First of all, thanks to all our new backers from this past week! We're so thankful for all of your support. Each bear is making an impact and the women are thrilled!
We'd like to share with you another update from the team here in Berd, Armenia. We had a very special visitor at our office yesterday - the one and only Sister Hannah!
As we mention on our main page, Sister Hannah is a German Nun Missionary who first came to Berd ten years ago and plays an integral role in the history of Berd Bears. She started a small handicraft group with a few local teachers which quickly turned into a large and very active women's crafts club. Sister Hannah trained the women in knitting, crocheting and other handicraft techniques, including the introduction of the design of a traditional teddy bear which would become the Berd Bear that we all know and love today.
After Sister Hannah left Berd in 2007 to spend most of her time back at her sisterhood in Germany, the group remained strong and continued to perfect their knitting techniques together. Many of the women in the original handicraft group are now the leaders and trainers of our Berd Bear project. The spirit of camaraderie and the joy they receive from their craft is carried on today in each and every Berd Bear.
At 80 years young, Sister Hannah continues to visit Berd every year! We had the extreme pleasure to welcome her to our office yesterday. She was thrilled to see the evolution of the Berd Bear and give a few friendly pointers to as we create our very first bears for the Kickstarter line.
Sister Hannah (left) with Seda (center) and Tamara (right), two of the original women in the handicrafts group, who are now the head trainers for the knitting and bear assembly techniques.
We're so grateful to Sister Hannah for all that she has done and continues to do for the women of Berd. Without her generous spirit and her encouragement of the women all those years ago, we wouldn't have the opportunity to share the adorable Berd Bears with you all today!
Pictured: Sister Hannah with Tamara, Caroline (US Peace Corps Volunteer), Anahit (Director of Berd Women's Resource Center) and Seda at our office in Berd.
The Berd Bear Family