Free Fabric Friday + a Chance to Make a Difference…

on August 26 | in Contests & Giveaways, Sew Good (Charity Sewing) | by | with Comments Off

We moved Free Fabric Friday to help raise awareness for this important fundraiser! Visit Handmade by Alissa to learn more and donate. Comment at Handmade by Alissa this weekend for your chance to win a yard of fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! Your comment alone enters you to win one of ten yards.

Alissa from Handmade by Alissa launched an amazing fundraiser this week to benefit Action Kivu, an organization that helps women who are victims of the conflict in eastern Congo by teaching them to sew. 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.

Alissa’s twin sister Cate is working with Action Kivu to provide some of the eastern Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Their approach is spearheaded through two programs. First, they run a sewing workshop that teaches women who are victims of the conflict to sew. This leads them to be able to support themselves and their families. Secondly, they pay for children to go to school which is not free in Congo. It costs $40 a year, per child. That’s very little money and it makes a big impact.

Alissa writes, “Our online sewing community is so blessed to be able to pursue our love of sewing as a hobby, career, or just for fun, but for these women, learning to sew will be life changing and give them hope for their futures. The Action Kivu sewing workshop of course costs money to run and they need supplies– sewing machines and more. They do not need the goods themselves, but the money to buy them.”

We moved Free Fabric Friday to help raise awareness for this important fundraiser! Visit Handmade by Alissa to learn more and donate. Comment at Handmade by Alissa this weekend for your chance to win a yard of fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew! Your comment alone enters you to win one of ten yards.

Also, Alissa’s offering a bundle of prizes when you donate: A $25 donation enters you for 8 out of print Heather Ross fat quarters, a $50 donation enters you for 96 fat eighths in a huge colorwheel bundle and a $75 donation enters you for fat eighths of the entire line of Flea Market Fancy. (That’s 45 fat eighths!)

Alissa’s effort has raised almost $7000 this week. Help her reach $10,000 this weekend!

For more information about Action Kivu watch this video, and visit Handmade by Alissa:

Action Kivu: Sewing Workshop Fundraiser from Action Kivu on Vimeo.

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