For many of us women, becoming a mother is the defining moment in our lives. Motherhood puts the whole world and all that came before sharply into perspective. It is love in its purest, most selfless and unconditional form that inspires in us a loyalty and determination primal in its force and power. Mothering changes us, challenges us physically and emotionally. Our bodies change. Our schedules change. We change. Everything changes because that love we feel for our child, that love that reaches to the depths of our very soul, now guides everything we do and every decision we make. We mothers, no matter where happenstance has guided or set our lives to live, we know what motherlove is. This power of motherlove is a bond that unites us women and binds us across race, colour, religion and nationality. It unites us here in Sydney, Australia with our knitters in rural Zimbabwe for whilst the circumstances of our daily lives may differ vastly, we are all driven by the same forces – motherlove, that yearning to create a safe world for our children.
This Motherlove, determination, a belief in the power of good and the generosity of humankind are just some of the forces that drive the work we do at Knit For Life, and the ethos from which Knit For Life was borne. We Knit For Life because we are mothers and because our knitters are mothers, mothers who like us, wish only for health, happiness and a brighter future for their children. We Knit For Life because we are mothers and because our knitters are mothers who deserve health, happiness and a brighter future for their children. We Knit For Life because we, through the gift of circumstance, have the ability to guide and help our knitters in working towards health, happiness and a brighter future for their children. It is the dignity of a sustainable income that allows the mothers and grandmothers of the Knit For Life community to care for their children and dependants and to live with hope that health, happiness and a brighter future is a possibility. Knitting For Life gives them this hope.
A mother’s love knows no bounds. It is this fierce determination of our knitters to rise up from poverty and to build a better tomorrow for their children who have so little, that drives and motivates the Knit For Life team in Australia to build opportunities to make this dream a reality. Our dream is to create opportunities. Our dream is that every child in the community will know a brighter tomorrow than the today they live. There is no greater gift that a mother can receive than the gift of a brighter future for her child.