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Gladstone knitting program motivates parents in Nigeria to vaccinate babies

Medical professionals in Africa to give Gladstone-knit baby hats to parents as an incentive for vaccination.Gladstone residents Jean Sequeira Jenny Sequeira, Dee Wright and Jean Sequeira look over the pile of baby hats in Gladstone ready to send to Africa.and Dee Wright so far have knitted over 200 baby hats for medical professionals in Africa to give to parents as an incentive for vaccination.

Sequeira's daughter, Jenny, works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria and thought her mother might like to hear about the difference the program is making in the lives of people there. It turned into a Nov. 15 dinner in honor of the hat-knitting program at the COURTESY PHOTO - Gladstone residents have knitted hundreds of baby hats for people in Nigeria.Somerset Lodge retirement community, located on Cason Road.

Nigerians who attended the dinner were Yusuf Yusufari, the senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ahmed Iya, head of community engagement for the Aliko Dangote Foundation. The two foundations with worldwide impact were in Seattle last month for a summit.

Jean Sequeira received a gourd gift from Nigerians to fill with baby hats she's knitted.They reportedly said to Jenny Jean Sequeira is hard at work knitting hats at Somerset Lodge on Cason Road for an African medical program.Sequeira, "Seattle's not far from Portland, could we visit your mother?"

They ended up taking a bus from Seattle to Portland to attend the dinner last month in Gladstone. Mayor Tammy Stempel and her husband, Gladstone Fire Capt. Kirk Stempel, also were honored guests.

"It was the most wonderful dinner I've ever been to, and a highlight of my time as mayor," Stempel said.

"When she told us that she doesn't get paid to be mayor, these Nigerians were totally in awe, and couldn't believe that she would work for nothing," Sequeira said. "This project started out as something to do, but it's really blossomed."

Five hats can be made from an approximately $10 skein of yarn. For more information about how to donate or get involved in the project, call 503-850-4446.

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