The non-profit service group Mothers Without Borders will be holding a boutique on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chantilly Mansion, located at 170 North in Layton. Christian artist Liz Lemon Swindle will be there to sign prints of her new African-themed work from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 3.
The boutique will be selling hand-crafted items made by the people of Zambia, as well as signed copies of Swindle's newest work, and proceeds will go towards continuing construction on the Family Resource Center in Lusaka, Zambia.
"The women of Zambia gather together in these sewing circles to make these beautiful crafts, and then they ship it to us to sell," said Maxine Hamblin, a Mothers Without Borders volunteer. "We're helping them help themselves to achieve a lifestyle that they want and need."
Expected to be completed in 2010, the Family Resource Center will include a primary and secondary school for 950 children, a health and medical center, an HIV/AIDS counseling and testing center, a vocational training complex, a hospice home community training center, micro-credit bank, grinding mill, pig and poultry project and farmer's market.
The center will also include a children's resource center, which will consist of family-style homes for up to 200 orphans.
"There are children raising children in this country because their mothers have died of AIDS," said Hamblin.
Mothers Without Borders is a national group whose stated mission is to care for the orphaned and vulnerable children of the world. The group supports dozens of programs in Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, and other countries designed to benefit injured, orphaned, and underprivileged children, including relief supplies, school sponsorships, and safe houses.
"When mothers are concerned, you feel that tenderness you feel for their children," said Hamblin. "When mothers are involved, there are no borders when it comes to helping and serving children."