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9-30-2010 Sewing to Save Lives

Umbra students benefit from helping others with community engagement activities.

With a needle and thread in hand, students began sewing their very own Pigotta doll for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Every week, student volunteers will work towards creating these special handmade dolls, the very symbol of UNICEF in Italy. Each doll helps raise enough money to fund a vaccine kit protecting a child against deadly diseases in developing countries.


Students sew alongside Italian university students and UNICEF volunteers in the beautifully frescoed UNICEF office, only a 10 minute walk from Umbra Institute. The UNICEF volunteers warm, caring energy makes it is easy and fun for all novice seamstresses and seamsters to enjoy themselves and learn a few tricks of the trade. It is the perfect opportunity for the student volunteers to learn Italian, make new friends, and be proud of their generous donation to a global cause.

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