What Has Always Remained True: A Look Back on the CCW After Ten Years

Ten years ago, a small team of international trainers walked up a red clay path and entered a classroom in Kigali, Rwanda. Inside sat fifty pastors, teachers, caregivers, Sunday school leaders, and nonprofit workers who would become the first-ever participants of the Celebrating Children Workshop.  The month-long workshop was the product of two and a…

Power + Wonder

In each community Loom engages, we discover extraordinary people. They have emerged from the same circumstances as those around them. Some were refugees from wars, others were orphans, others knew the nightly pain of going to bed hungry. Some walked miles to school and never saw a library until they were a teenager. Yet they…

Dis/ruptors

After decades of aid all over the globe, the overwhelming reality is: it hasn’t worked. Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 still die every day from contaminated water and poor sanitation. Each year, close to 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution. Hunger still kills more people every year than…

Sawubona!

This Zulu greeting has been on our tongues and in our hearts for much of the past ten years. It literally means “I see you.” More than words of politeness, sawubona carries the importance of recognizing the worth and dignity of each person.  It says, “I see the whole of you—your experiences, your passions, your…

Seeds of Change

Remember March? That small space in time where the world slowly screeched to a halt? Most of us at Loom happened to be in Tanzania as it unfolded, launching our first official small business training with a cohort of 27 social innovators. When we returned to lockdowns and closed borders, we knew it was time…

Follow the Dolls

It started on a whim.  While planning the first few Celebrating Children Workshops, Loom staff Janna Moats and Heather Wood were discussing their desire to have children in the classroom. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, if we could keep visually reminding people to acknowledge and celebrate children throughout the week? If we could model…

Meet Monica!

Monica Zherebnenko has been interning with us remotely for the past month and it’s been a joy to have her on the team. Read our recent interview and get to know her!   Tell us a little bit about yourself!  Hello! My name is Monica Zherebnenko! I usually tend to start off my introductions the…

Heike Drechsler

“What I love about Loom’s work is the finding and accompanying of leaders in East Africa whose concerns, visions and projects are geared towards the well-being of the community. The way you meet and perceive people, live friendships, help, accompany, organize and develop ideas, your faith and trust,  the respectful interaction with each other and…