Action Kivu Fundraiser

on August 13 | in Sew Good (Charity Sewing) | by | with 160 Comments

It’s time for the Third Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser! Each year Alissa from Handmade by Alissa (and our Modern BOM series) organizes a fundraiser for Action Kivu, an organization that helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of millions of people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands. The Action Kivu Fundraiser gives us all a way to support women and children in concrete, meaningful and lasting ways.

Last year Alissa and countless sewists in our online community raised over $15,000 to benefit Action Kivu. This year our Third Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser goal is $20,000. We can do this!

Alissa got involved in Action Kivu because her sister works with the organization. She writes, “Action Kivu provides 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…”

Sewists in the program, photo by Rebecca Snavely.

Alissa’s sister recently visited Congo to see the program in action. Alissa notes, “When my sister went to Congo she saw with her own eyes the good this fundraiser has done. She met women who are graduates of the sewing workshop and who are supporting their families while working on sewing machines that this fundraiser bought them; we’ve done real good for some women and children.”

Kids will go to school thanks to Action Kivu, photo by Catherine Haight.

Visit Handmade by Alissa to donate and to learn more about Action Kivu. Sew,Mama,Sew! is donating a $50 gift certificate to the fundraiser. Visit Alissa’s site to donate, then come back here and post a comment letting us know that you made your donation; we’ll draw a winner from all donation comments (after verification).

Alissa has organized a ton of opportunities to WIN FABRIC with your donation to Action Kivu. Visit Handmade by Alissa to learn more about the prizes. Your donation will send kids in the Congo to school, it will give women a chance to support their families through sewing and you might also win some really special fabric. Everyone wins. Donate today!

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160 Responses to Action Kivu Fundraiser

  1. Lisa Hirsch says:

    Thanks for helping us help others with our favorite hobby. Made my donation this morning.

  2. Brenda says:

    So happy to be able to help such a wonderful cause.

  3. Valerie says:

    I donated too! What a great organization to be a part of!

  4. Fawn says:

    I made a donation this morning. Love this awesome charity!

  5. Carolyn Van Wonderen says:

    I hope my donation can help some other women to obtain the same pleasure from sewing that I do.

  6. Anne W says:

    Phew! I donated just in time!

  7. Svea says:

    I’ve donated tonight. thanks for the give-away. it’s a very worthwhile cause.

  8. Andrea says:

    I made my donation today. I love helping this organization!

  9. Emily says:

    I made a donation!

  10. Sarah says:

    Glad to support this great cause.

  11. beth lehman says:

    thank you for helping support kivu. i love that so many are chipping in on this. i look forward to alissa’s fundraiser!

  12. Elizabeth W. says:

    I happily made a donation to Action Kivu. 🙂

  13. Betty Ayers says:

    I donated to this wonderful cause!

  14. BFromM says:

    I donated! This is a great cause.

  15. Tina in Boston says:

    Hello! I donated to the cause twice. This is for donation #2 – $75. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help people in need.

  16. Tina in Boston says:

    Hello! I donated to the cause twice. This is for donation #1 – $40. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help people in need.

  17. Jamie says:

    I made my donation today; nothing like the last minute!

  18. donated 🙂 such a great cause.

  19. Staci says:

    Thanks for supporting. I donated.

  20. Wanda says:

    I donated today. Thanks for being part of a very special thing.

  21. Jody says:

    I donated $25.00 today and feel really good about where the money is going!

  22. Joanne says:

    I just made a donation – what a great cause to contribute to!

  23. Chloe says:

    Hey – I just donated $25 and thanks for the extra prize! 🙂

  24. Anne says:

    I donated, it’s such a great cause, a little makes a big difference.

  25. Emily V says:

    I donated! Thanks for participating too!

  26. Diana says:

    I donated, this is an excellent initiative and I am proud to support it.

  27. Valerie says:

    Just donated! I love that this is a charity that helps people help themselves by giving them a livelihood.

  28. Melissa says:

    I made a donation for this wonderful cause and am so glad to be able to help in some small way:)

  29. Meg Bloodworth says:

    Just donated to this great cause!

  30. ashley says:

    just donated! Happy to be part of Alissa’s wonderful fundraiser!

  31. Mary P says:

    Donated! Great cause.

  32. Tricia C. says:

    I just donated to this wonderful organization. It’s a blessing to have this opportunity!

  33. Jolene says:

    I donated on the first day, since I think this is a great cause to give to!

  34. Andrea hardy says:

    I just donated 🙂

  35. MBMeadows says:

    I donated $25!

  36. Maureen from Ventura says:

    I donated. It’s such an amazing organization! Thank you so much for making a difference in the world.

  37. Shannon says:

    I just donated! This was my second year making a donation – the work being done though Action Kivu warms my heart and I’m so happy to help even if it’s just with a little donation!

  38. Jessica says:

    I’ve donated, what a great cause. Thank you to all who have donated prizes and made it that little bit extra special for those of us who are more fortunate.

  39. I just donated to this wonderful cause! Thanks so much for being part of this!

  40. Kathy K says:

    What an amazing project to help women better their lives and their children’s lives!

  41. Mama Urchin says:

    I’m always happy to support this organization. I donated this evening. Thanks for hosting an additional giveaway!

  42. Heather says:

    Such a wonderful organization, I was happy to donate!

  43. ara jane says:

    i donated! thank you for your awesome contribution to the cause!

  44. Sarah D. says:

    I donated to Action Kivu. Thanks!

  45. Linda L says:

    I donated yesterday. What a wonderful cause!

  46. Christy Meyer says:

    Just donated! What a blessing this organization is for so many women 🙂

  47. Beryl says:

    I donated $25 to this special cause!

  48. Paul says:

    I donated to the cause. Thanks for doing this!

  49. Maya says:

    I donated. Thanks for raising awareness!

  50. Karen says:

    I’m happy to donate to this wonderful cause.

  51. Linda says:

    I donated to this amazing cause. Thanks for the nice contribution you have made.

  52. Shannon says:

    Just donated! Please disregard previous comment (used wrong email address).

  53. Shannon says:

    Just donated!

  54. Holly says:

    I just donated to support Action Kivu. Grateful to have a chance to help these women help themselves!

  55. Liz says:


  56. Beth says:

    I donated – I think this is a great thing the sewing blogging community is doing!

  57. Sally Mortenson says:

    I gladly donated $45. An exciting project.

  58. Caroline says:

    Donated…what a wonderful cause..I am glad I can help even just a little bit.

  59. Karen says:

    Just donated. Excellent project .

  60. Aditya says:

    Happy to donate! Thanks.

  61. Amy says:

    Just donated…what a great cause!

  62. Cindy says:

    I commented above with a different email address than my paypal account. This is the correct one!

  63. Patty says:

    Just donated to this truly wonderful cause! Thanks for being a part of it!

  64. Cindy says:

    Happy to donate to this wonderful organization.

  65. Emily says:

    I just made my donation to this wonderful cause. I’ve been to Africa and have seen first hand what an impact even a small donation makes!

  66. SO happy to donate to this wonderful group!

  67. mo says:

    Always happy to throw whatever extra I have toward Action Kivu, especially during the fundraiser!

  68. Tana says:

    Proud to have made my donation this morning.

  69. Ali M says:

    I managed to donate, I think this is a great charity, anytime people can learn a useful skill I’m really excited about that.

  70. Annie Shoju says:

    We have so much, they need so little…….. How can we not give?

  71. This is a terrific cause–one more example of the healing potential of sewing!

  72. Emily says:

    I donated! Please enter me!!

  73. Isabella says:

    I am very happy about this initiative. It’s a very good idea to give all these women something that will help support their families and be independent. Thanks for doing it

  74. pam says:

    WHAT a great cause – glad i found the site and was able to make a donation. one click leads to another to another and you end up finding a wonderful idea!!!

  75. carrie says:

    I donated. Glad to help!

  76. Cathy D says:

    I donated today! Wonderful to see women supporting their families through sewing.

  77. Beryl says:

    Happy to donate to this cause. Thanks for making us aware of the need.

  78. Trisha says:

    I just donated!

  79. Sophie H says:

    OK, I’ve donated. I love East Africa and I love crafts, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help out. Thank you.

  80. Beccy says:

    Thanks for the opportunity and for making giving fun!

  81. Andrea says:

    I donated $25, thanks for your wonderful giveaway.

  82. Nanette says:

    I gladly donated–it always feels good to help others in need, and it seems like Action Kivu is making a real difference in people’s lives. Thank you for spreading the word!

  83. anna says:

    wonderful fundraiser. i have donated 🙂

  84. Stephanie says:

    Hi All,
    I appreciate the work that happens by and because of Action Kivu and also the opportunities for more sewing and fabric through the give aways. I donated $60. Thank you all!

  85. Courtney says:

    I made my donation to this wonderful cause. Thank you for your generosity

  86. Rachel says:

    I just donated – what an incredible cause! Thanks for supporting it and spreading the word!

  87. Meredith Micheaux-Harris says:

    I just donated and wouls like to be in the running for the drawing. Also, could I have a tax receipt for $25? Thanks!

  88. Fran says:

    I donated to Action Kivu, such a wonderful initiative.

  89. Theresa says:

    I donated to this great cause.

  90. Anne says:

    Thanks to the lovely Anna Maria Horner for linking to this great fundraiser – the first year I’ve known about it. I’m happy to participate!

  91. Nancy M says:

    I am happy to have donated again this year. Wonderful charity.

  92. Dkb says:

    I donated, glad I could help

  93. Carol says:

    Donated today. Thanks for the inspiration.

  94. Kathleen says:

    I’m always glad to donate to such a wonderful cause!

  95. Mallory says:

    I donated! I’m so glad to donate for someone to discover something I love so dearly!

  96. Chancy says:

    I gave $25 yesterday! Thanks for donating to such a worthy cause!

  97. Michelle A says:

    Made my donation and am glad to support such important work.

  98. Hilary says:


  99. Kathie L says:

    I made a $60 donation today. I’m glad to help. Thanks for your incentive and publicity of the effort.

  100. Lycia says:

    How could I not donate, whether I win fabulous prizes or not? This is one of the best causes I’ve run across and love the opportunity to contribute. Thank you so much to those who’ve created this charity. Teach a man to fish….Teach a girl to sew….same thing!

  101. Andres says:

    I donated and will post on our guild’s site about it.

  102. Anna JM says:

    I donated to Action Kivu and would love to be in your lottery as well. Thanks for this opportunity!

  103. Robin says:

    Glad to donate to such a worthy cause!

  104. Jenn says:

    I usually funnel my charitable giving to my church, but this is such a worthy and compelling cause! Thank you so much for your work, and the women who are learning sewing will be in my prayers. Thank you!

  105. ananda says:


  106. Adele Merrell says:

    I donated !

    What a great cause

  107. Susan says:

    I donated $50 – thanks for helping support this great cause!

  108. Jess says:

    Just donated to Action Kivu. As both a sewing enthusiast and public health professional, it’s definitely an organization I am proud to support.

  109. Kelly E says:

    I donated and feel so fortunate that I was able to do so. What a great cause!

  110. Valerie W says:

    Thanks for publishing this opportunity to help these women. I donated enough to buy a sewing machine for one of the graduates.

  111. Kathryn Schmidt says:

    I donated for my sister’s birthday. She spent time in Congo with Doctors Without Borders.

  112. Anna says:

    I dontated

  113. Megan Y says:

    Amazing what the crafting community can do. I am proud to play a small part by donating.

  114. folksmith says:

    So glad to donate, glad to help these beautiful women.

  115. donna altieri says:

    i donated $25.00. great way to give back!

  116. Ramona says:

    Thanks for participating in this fund drive. It appears to be a wonderful cause. I donated $45.00

  117. Kendra says:

    Whoops! Just realized that my paypal email is different from the email that I use for blog comments! But I definitely did donate 🙂

  118. Kendra says:

    I donated for the solids bundle and the QuiltCon lecture pass! Thanks for the extra incentive 🙂

  119. Jeana says:

    I donated – thanks so much for the extra incentive and helping to call attention to such a wonderful program.

  120. floribunda says:

    I donated — thanks for doing this!

  121. jodi meenan says:

    I donated $60 – wonderful cause.

  122. Gretchen says:

    I donated to the cause. Thanks

  123. Jenna says:

    I donated to this wonderful cause. Thank you so much for supporting it too!

  124. brenda says:

    great project! thanks for being a part of it and sharing with all of us!

  125. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to donate to such a great project. And thanks for the added incentive to make a donatation.

  126. Norma says:

    I donated. It’s a great cause. Thank God for people who are generous. The giveaways are an extra incentive. Thanks!

  127. Kim says:

    Just made my donation too! Thanks for helping to spread the word about this amazing cause.

  128. Sally says:

    I’m in! Glad to see so many kicking in with great gifts for the donors, it’s a terrific incentive.

  129. Linda F. says:

    I donated to this good cause.

  130. Laurie Zimmerman says:

    I just donated for a very worthy cause. 😀

  131. Kristen says:

    I donated – it’s such a great cause!

  132. Heather says:

    Just gave my donation. This is such a great cause anyway, but thanks for the added giveaway to sweeten the deal!

  133. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for spreading the word about this great work. Happy to support Action Kivu!

  134. Valerie W says:

    I gave enough to purchase a sewing machine. Thanks for the great opportunity to help these women.

  135. Patti says:

    I was happy to donate to this very worthwhile cause.

  136. Peggy Grow says:

    I donated $45 to this – sewing is a wonderful thing!

  137. Dianne says:

    I am proud to say I donated to this very worthy cause

    David and dianne

  138. Chloe R. says:

    Just donated. Great to see what we can do as a community.

  139. Dana says:

    Just donated! A very cool cause!

  140. sarahliz says:

    What a great cause. I’m happy to donate and happy to see the amount of blog support for this.

  141. Ann says:

    I donated to this wonderful organization.

  142. Allison C says:

    I just donated! This is a great cause and I am happy to help. My paypal user name is silverelements47 for verification.

  143. Bruinbr says:

    Just made my donation. So glad to be able to help again!

  144. Jenny says:

    So happy to donate to this great cause!

  145. Margaret says:

    What a great cause! I am happy to support it.

  146. Leila says:

    I donated! I love this charity. What a great opportunity for us to help others!

  147. Kelly says:

    I made a donation through alissa’s blog!

  148. Ramona says:

    I donated. So glad to be part of such an awesome community.

  149. CJ says:

    Absolutely beautiful work! I was happy to donate to this cause.

  150. Phoebe says:

    Makes your heart happy to see that sewing can change lives. I donated.

  151. Joan says:

    I have made a donation. What an excellent program! In my town we have a Women at Risk store that sells items handcrafted by women around the world who have suffered much like the women in this program.

  152. Vicki says:

    Thank you for making us aware, again, of this excellent organization. My donation is on its way to those lovely, shining faces in the Congo.

  153. Amy says:

    I donated! It’s also my second year to do so! Thanks for this extra giveaway.

  154. Camilla says:

    What a great cause to be a part of. I just gave my donation over on Alissa’s site.

  155. Ella says:

    Ooops.. I meant ladyofshal(at) aol (dot) com

  156. Ella says:

    I made a donation! ladyofshal (at)gmail(dot) com.

  157. christie says:

    I donated. This is my first year hearing of it. How wonderful for so many to donate prizes.

  158. Melanie says:

    Just donated to Action Kivu through Alissa’s website. Thanks for the additional opportunity to win and support of a great program!

  159. Diane W says:

    I made a donation – my second year for participating in this very worthy cause.

  160. Leanne says:

    I donated, this is an excellent initiative and I am proud to support it.

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