Carmen de la Paz Visits TSiBA Eden

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Submitted by Andre Draai,Karatara

Tuesday the 23 of August we had a very special guest from the USA, Carmen De la Paz, who,  on her very first time in South Africa, visited our small town called Karatara. Carmen fell in love with TSiBA Eden interacted with the local nature, people and students of this town.

Carmen is a television personality, designer, carpenter and decorative painter who fell in love with the craft of wood-turning and has become a spokesperson in America and can be seen on the Emmy award-winning show, Home-Made Simple,on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and other shows, and is an established TV personality and ‘‘go-to’’ Do-it-yourself Expert.

The reason for Carmen’s visit South Arica was to bring the “Turners Without Borders” (TWB) project to South Africa with the promise of making a meaningful contribution to local marginalised communities.

Carmen’s visit was action packed including:
- TSiBA student welcome Carmen with a song
- Visit to MTO (Easy Grow) Nursery
- Visit to Farleigh with introduction to the Eco Furniture Projects in partnership with SanPARKS
- TSiBA Campus lunch with some of the main guests including: Executive Mayor Eleanor Bouw-Spies, Ward Councilor Cathy Weideman, Stakeholder Louisa Hart, Naturally Knysna (CEO) Greg Vogt
- Karatara Hall: Carmen did the demonstrations on the lathes and its was very interesting to see how many people showed interest in working on a lathe

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