As the years pass, the collaboration between the Umbra Institute and UNICEF, the leading humanitarian program for children and mothers in developing countries, continues through the Pigotta Doll Project!
In fact, this fall semester, five Umbra students volunteered alongside local UNICEF staff to create Pigotta, or rag, dolls. The making of each one is a creative process that starts from a blank canvas and with the students’ vision of the final product. Throughout the weeks of working at the Perugia UNICEF Headquarters, the students’ design slowly becomes a reality, drawing facial features and afterwards, cutting and sewing the hair and clothes. Once the dolls are complete, the students create an ID card, as each doll represents a “real” child. The dolls are then put up for adoption for 20 euro, and the proceeds raised go toward the purchase and distribution of life-saving vaccinations for children and their mothers throughout the world.
This project is not only an opportunity for students to engage in the local community in Perugia, but also to understand ways in which actions taken locally may have an impact on a global scale.
The Umbra Institute would like to thank Mrs. Maria Luisa Blasi and her collaborators, who have been following Umbra’s students in this project for many years, for their invaluable help and wisdom.
To help us raise funds for this invaluable project, we encourage you to adopt a Pigotta doll in the Community Engagement office at the Umbra Institute!
To learn more about Community Engagement activities at Umbra, click here.