BCIEA has 30 trained Rwandan women who knit made-in Rwanda prostheses for women who undergo mastectomy to help them overcome body image and confidense issues and after effects of losing breasts. BCIEA is forever grateful to our friend, Barbara Demorest, a breast cancer survivor herself and founder of Knitted Knockers Foundation USA.She volunteered in 2016, with Lauren and JB to come and teach 30 Rwandan of my ladies how to make Knitted Knockers. Never underestimate the power of random acts of kindness, these simple items are having tremendous life transformational impact in the lives of women who lose their breasts to cancer.
“Mbaye umuntu” or I am now a human being,” said Mukamutoni, after being fitted with her new prosthesis. BCIEA has distributed and donated over 1,000 Made in Rwanda Knitted Prostheses.
We also in turn, trained a fellow East African Lady from Kenya, who went home to Nairobi and trained 15 knitters and now Knitted Knockers are available to anybody who needs them in Kenya, a demonstration of how powerful collaboration is as the Key to success.
Due to socioeconomic constraints, our 30 trained Knitted Knocker Rwandan women cannot afford to make the prostheses free. (most of them live off $1 a day) unlike their counter parts in the USA. BCIEA is seeking collaboration with Hospitals, Stake holders, Businesses NGOs, and Institutions to support this program so that in turn, breast cancer patients can receive free prostheses.
Nothing can compare to the fear experienced when sitting in the doctor’s office and hearing the word cancer.