Thursday, August 16, 2012

Quilts, Kids, Congo and You: Enter to win gorgeous giveaways and empower the women and children of Congo

Ernata's smile is contagious and frequent, even in this corner of eastern Congo, where women have few rights, domestic violence is present in a majority of marriages, and rape is used as a weapon of war. Despite her circumstances, Ernata finds reason for hope in her newly-acquired sewing skills and her brand new sewing kit. For only $175 USD, the sewing kit includes a pedal-powered Singer machine (crucial for a land lacking consistent electricity), scissors, fabric, oil, and the means to start her own small business, to fulfill her dream to provide for herself and her family.

This sewing kit was one of 60 given to recent graduates of the sewing workshops in Mumosho and Bukavu, DRC, provided by generous supporters of Action Kivu, through a fundraiser on Handmade By Alissa. Alissa Haight-Carlton is hosting the giveaway once again, and it's not just for sisters who sew! Whether you're crafty or can't stitch an inch, there's something for everyone: a gorgeous tote, bundles of fabric, and various completed quilts, perfect for a wedding or baby shower gift.

Donate $100 and you are in the running to win a finished quilt by Elizabeth Hartman from her book, the Practical Guide to Patchwork. This gorgeous quilt is a large lap quilt at 68″ x 68.″

Donate $35 and be in the running to win this vibrant, fun baby quilt by Heather Jones. This quilt measures 35″ x 35.″

Action Kivu's sewing workshop has already started new classes in Mumosho and Bukavu, focusing on the exquisite skill of embroidery, which is in high demand in Congo.  Click here to read about the recent sewing workshop graduation made possible by our generous donors. As we gear up for fall, the graduates of the sewing workshop will sew new uniforms for the vulnerable and orphaned children Action Kivu sends to school.

We're excited to share more photos and stories, but we rely on your support to make this a reality. $175.00 USD purchases a sewing kit for a woman to start her own business. Just $10 per month pays the school fees for a girl to attend high school with a new uniform, supplies and book bag.  Help us reach our goal!

Visit Handmade by Alissa before midnight Monday, August 20, 2012, (Pacific Time) to see more of the giveaways, and know that your donations are tax deductible, and 100% goes directly to the work on the ground.

Watch the Enough Project's video, and meet Amani Matabaro, Action Kivu's Congo liaison, founder of Actions pour le Bien être de la Femme et de l'Enfant au Kivu (ABFEK), and the person who makes all this possible.

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