The tailors

January 6, 2015

The tailors (man and wife) in the nearby village of Namitondo are amazing. I’ve watched them over the years make so many things – some when given an example, but many when it’s just described. This year, the students had them make table runners, purses, aprons and hacky sacks.

On a side note – I had an interesting discussion with one of my students here a few weeks ago. She was noticing that people in the community have very defined roles – the tailor is a good example. Each person’s contribution is very important, and there is an overwhelming sense of responsibility to the community as a whole. However, she brought out a very insightful perspective – if you acquire a disability – let’s say you have a stroke. And, you are no longer able to carry out your role in the community – there is less flexibility here for you to adopt a new role. It tends to be difficult to assimilate back into a productive role if you are no longer able to assume the responsibilities you had prior to your illness. She makes a very relevant point – this year I’ve been doing a lot of home visits in the nearby village. Many of them are men who have had a stroke and can no longer assume their role in the community – school teacher, school principal, tailor, businessman. It is challenging for them to find another role that allows them to contribute to their community.Tailor_1





2 Responses to “The tailors”

  1. Kathlene Says:

    So does the community still embrace the person with the stroke? What is the community take on the person’s decreased ability to contribute in the fashion they used to?

  2. caseynesbit Says:

    Hi Kathlene. The community supports the person with the stroke – but the person is not able to participate or contribute productively. This can (not always) lead to the person feeling or being isolated, or lost without a clear role.

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