Alissa Haight Carlton of Handmade by Alissa and the Modern Quilt Guild is hosting her third annual auction for Action Kivu. The fundraiser started yesterday and runs through August 18th. In case you're not familiar with Action Kivu, they are a non-profit 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. This is done through two programs: the Kivu Sewing Workshop and Education Assistance for Children. Here's a video from their site that tells more about them and their mission:
The conflict in Congo has claimed the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is often used as a weapon of war, with estimates of hundreds of thousands of violations. I can't even fathom what some of these people have gone through, and I feel extremely grateful that I can help, in such a small way.
As part of the fundraiser, I've donated a baby quilt that I designed and made, using lots of fun fabrics by Laurie Wisbrun, with a few solids mixed in. It measures 35" x 35", and I think it would work well for either a baby boy or a girl. Or, you could always use it as a wall hanging if you'd prefer. I quilted it with an all over meandering pattern.
And there are a lot more amazing prizes that are available in this year's fundraiser. Seriously amazing things like a lecture pass to QuiltCon; a fat quarter stack of Chicopee, Denyse Schmidt's new line of fabric; a stash of out-of-print Mendocino fabrics by Heather Ross; a gorgeous quilt by Elizabeth Hartman; lots of great books and more. And Anna Maria Horner has generously added a fat quarter stack of her new line, Field Study, to every prize package.
For more information on Action Kivu, the fundraiser, and how to enter to win any of the prizes, please visit Alissa's post here. Alissa raised $15,000 last year and her goal is $20,000 this year, and I have no doubt that she'll make it. So, go on over, bid high, and bid often.