My friend Cate and I have been working alongside Amani of Action Kivu, a nonprofit in the Congo that works to empower and educate women and children affected by the ongoing conflict there. The war has stolen over 5.4 million lives, and rape is widely used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.
fundraiser for Action Kivu's sewing workshop, to fund a safe place of community for the women to meet and learn a lifelong skill and to purchase sewing machines and fabric. If you want to partner with and help your sewing sisters in the Congo, visit Handmade by Alissa to see a video about Action Kivu's work, the women in the workshop, and to read the details of how you can donate and also enter to win a fabulous giveaway. I have no talent for sewing besides the odd button that keeps popping off, but apparently, this flea market fancy fabric is hard to find, and makes sewing that much more fun. And fancy.
Your donations are tax deductible, go towards helping empower women to heal and become self-sustaining members of society, and every dollar makes a difference. And if you want to partner with the women on a monthly basis, you can do that as well.
Visit Alissa's blog to read the details of how to donate for this specific fundraiser and be entered in the fabric giveaway. And tell your friends / bloggers! So thankful for your help.
(Generously donated by Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio.)