Monthly Meeting: March 25, 2021 (online)
Ejaad–The Afghan Project:
A Story of Collaboration & Empowerment through Stitchingwith
Jennifer Henbest de Calvillo
Register: By Wednesday, March 24, midnight
This month's speaker, Jennifer Henbest de Calvillo, will bring us a narrative of international friendship, charity, and service. Imbued with peace and goodwill, this story is about Ejaad–The Afghan Project, a small initiative for empowering Afghan women through an international collaboration formed around embroidery. Jennifer will share with us the project’s history, the obstacles it has overcome, and its aspirations for further development. She will describe how the Ejaad team stayed connected and persevered despite pandemic restrictions; huge differences in culture, language, and education; and myriad other problems. In telling the story of Ejaad, Jennifer will reveal how small diverse groups of people working together can bring healing, joy, and opportunity to those involved. She will also explain how individuals can help the project continue to grow.
Jennifer Henbest de Calvillo is an American educator and artist who has lived and taught for over 25 years in Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Chile, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan. Currently, she teaches art in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Osaka International School of Kwansei Gakuin. Earlier in her career, she worked for a central Asian textile collector, and along with fellow artists, she opened The Missing Link Gallery for world crafts. To help people expand their perception of art, she often teams up with others in Myanmar and Japan to offer international workshops connecting art with botany, archeology, and culture. An avid gardener, she has an artist’s appreciation for Japan’s natural beauty and develops workshops where children and adults can experience firsthand how service, art, and nature are linked. Jennifer believes the arts can heal and renew, and she promotes this belief through education and international connections. Her desire is to expand creativity in children and adults by building confidence in women around the world. Over the last three years, she has devoted her time to Ejaad–The Afghan Project, which she will speak about at our meeting. More about the Ejaad project and Jennifer’s art projects can be found on the following websites.
Jennifer's educator site in Japan: