Sema Livelihood Programme was founded by Miss Margorie, a Columban Lay Missionary. We are very thankful to her for sharing her talents with us and being an inspiration to us. We miss her so much as we had to farewell her as she left for her country to be with her family. I took on this role of leadership to carry on from where Marj left off. We are a group of ten women who come together every Tuesdays and Thursdays to work on putting recycled things together to make something useful out of it. This is a time where, while we work, we share stories, experiences and laughter together. A time just to be away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday chores of a wife and mother in our families and come together in distress.
After months of lockdown, the Ladies of Sema Livelihood Program in Raiwaqa are gradually coming back together for their weekly meets. The laboratory garden received some tlc with a redesigned arrangement of plants. It now features sacks of kumala, lemon grass, etc... Baskets of different sizes and for different purposes are also now available for sale. New members are also now learning how to weave paper baskets. If this sparked your interest and you wish to join this sisterhood, please visit us at St. Pius X Parish-Raiwaqa every Tuesday and Thursday. We would be happy to welcome you to our family.
During the lockdown we stayed connected with each other through our messenger group chat. Checking and keeping watch on each other and sharing the activities that we’ve done like, rolling newspapers, weaving baskets and doing backyard gardening. We took pictures and uploaded it on our Facebook page to keep everyone updated.
We thank Mrs. Maria Qaranivalu who supplied us with seedlings she had so that the other ladies of Sema could benefit too. We were indeed challenged and empowered to see her backyard garden. So, the other ladies too, started uploading pictures of their little efforts in keeping themselves occupied during the lockdown. We were trying to keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy.