Thursday, August 16, 2012

Action Kivu: Please check this out!

Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands. These are horrible statistics but together we can make a difference for some specific woman and children.

This project was created by Alissa Haight Carlton's (Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild) twin sister, Cate.
This project has already made a difference to women and children in this politically unstable area of the world.  Please visit Alissa's blog to read more about this wonderful organization.  By making a contribution you will be eligible for some extremely cool swag, all quilt-related, naturally!  Alissa's blog shows a variety of prizes depending on the donor level.  
I'm so touched by this photo, taken by Cate (and used with permission from Alissa), which shows Nzigira in front of a sewing machine that was purchased by last year's fundraiser.  She is now able to have economic stability thanks to this project.  
Here is the website for Action Kivu.
Please check it out, and thank in advance for your consideration.  Every contribution makes a difference!

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