Friday, August 12, 2011

Action Kivu fundraiser

Many of you have probably seen this already, but if you haven't, I wanted to share some information about a fundraiser that Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa is spearheading. She's put together some amazing prizes you can win by donating money to Action Kivu, an organization that provides the Democratic Republic of Congo's victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance.

Action Kivu helps women and children through two programs, The Kivu Sewing Workshop and Education Assistance for Children. In the Kivu Sewing Workshop women who have been victimized by unimaginable acts of war learn to sew, knit, and embroider; they learn these skills so that they can become seamstresses and work to provide for themselves and their families. Action Kivu also works with primary schools in Congo to pay for the education of children who have been afflicted by the conflict in the area. Without that help, many of these children would not receive schooling because it's often too expensive for their families, and the government of the Congo does not help with the cost of education.

I urge you to watch this video from Action Kivu's site to learn more about them and meet some of the people behind the organization.

Unbelievable, and completely unimaginable, right? Nobody should have to go through anything like that, and you're probably asking yourself how you can help. Here's one way you can, and have the chance to win some yummy fabric too. Check out Alissa's site and read about her fundraiser for Action Kivu. There are some amazing prizes, including everything from a bundle of Denyse Schmidt's new line of fabric that isn't even in stores yet, a gorgeous quilt made by Anna Maria Horner, and lots of rare, out of print fabrics too, including the ever illusive Flea Market Fancy! Choose what prize package you're interested in and then donate the coordinating dollar amount and you're entered to win that prize. The fundraiser continues through this weekend, so get your donations in. Alissa's goal is to raise $15,000, and she's over half way there. Let's help her exceed it!

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